Point Pleasant Beach stationery store to close its doors after more than a century

A Point Pleasant Beach business owner has announced that he will retire next year, closing the doors to a business that is 105 years old.

News 12 Staff

Nov 16, 2022, 10:57 PM

Updated 613 days ago

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A Point Pleasant Beach business owner has announced that he will retire next year, closing the doors to a business that is 105 years old.
Borden’s Stationery first opened in 1918. Only three families have run the store in all of that time. Barry Lubin’s family will be the last.
“Corporate gets bigger and greedier. The internet has changed everything,” Lubin says.
Lubin says that he will miss the people he interacts with every day. And the feeling is mutual among customers.
“We are losing so many of the local small businesses that support everyone in the community,” says customer Mel Russen. “They are the go-to for people in the community.”
A business where one can find raffle tickets, road atlases and school supplies is now faced with the competition of box stores, the internet and changing consumer habits.
“I need to be able to make some profit in order to continue this,” Lubin says. “There's just not enough business walking through the doors or calling me on the phone to do that any longer.”
Lubin will retire and close the store in January. Borden’s will now only be a part of Point Pleasant Beach’s history.
“I am going to have a hole in my heart because I won't have people coming to my doorstep every day to say hello when they need something or want something,” Lubin says. “But It's going to be a good feeling because the time has come. It's that simple.”
Boden’s will be open every day until it closes. The store is offering a retirement discount on all items until it closes.


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