Oblong Books & Music to Expand Rhinebeck Store
RHINEBECK, NY – Oblong Books & Music has announced plans to expand its Rhinebeck store, adding 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,800 sq. ft. store. The expansion will be accomplished by removing portions of a wall and accessing an adjacent space. The new space will primarily be used to feature books and toys for children & teens.
The expansion will require a redesign of about half of the current store and customers will begin seeing signs of activity in the coming days. The store anticipates only minimal disruption to its operations during the construction phase. The new space will open in the spring.
The store is housed in a commercial complex near the center of the village of Rhinebeck known as Montgomery Row which is also home to other retail shops and restaurants. The building was built in 1911 and was home to an automobile dealership until the 1990’s.
Oblong Books and Music opened its Rhinebeck store in September 2001. Oblong’s original store is in Millerton and opened in 1975. The Millerton store features a children’s building, known as Oblong Jr. This children-focused store will be the model for the expansion in Rhinebeck. Both stores are located in northern Dutchess County, New York and are owned by Dick Hermans and his daughter Suzanna Hermans.