GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .
Many Greenburgh readers were disappointed after hearing the Barnes & Nobles would be closing its doors for good at the beginning of May.
The store was a popular place for those looking to catch up on a new book. But disagreements over a lease extension with the property owner forced the bookstore chain to close.
Although there is a Barnes & Nobles just a few miles away in White Plains, some shoppers said its location in the city's center was inconvenient.
"You have to pay to park there," Sharon Honegger said in April, adding that she visited the Greenburgh store several times a month. "I won't go where you have to pay to park."
Another vacancy in the Crossroads Shopping Center also worried Greenburgh residents, who were not only scrambling for places to do their food and clothing shopping but were also disappointed at the lack of new businesses.
"No question, the neighborhood truly needs another all-purpose grocer — not a specialty market — at the site of the former A&P Supermarket," Gayle Williams told The Greenburgh Daily Voice in January. "We are lacking in food price competition, and the closest A&P on Knollwood Road has a very limited and disappointing selection."
A Party City is now open in Barnes & Noble's place at the shopping center, but property owners in September said they were still struggling to fill the plaza's remaining eight vacancies.
Heyman Properties Executive Vice President Kathy Rorick told The Daily Voice that she's optimistic about moving ahead with the leases.
"A year from now, it's going to look quite different," she said.