Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bookman finds new location ahead of planned closure

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 1:58 PM

click to enlarge The Bookman will be moving. - STACIE GONZALEZ
  • Stacie Gonzalez
  • The Bookman will be moving.

The owners of the Bookman say they won't need to close their business due to a lease hike after all. While the current location will still close at the end of May, as we previously reported, a new location,  at 631 W. Colorado Ave., will open on June 1.

Co-owner Kelly Klipple says she was delighted to find a new home for the store. "I think just remaining calm allowed for it to happen honestly," she says, adding that the store's  "amazing customer base" helped with the search.

The Bookman, currently located at 3163 W. Colorado Ave., has been around for three decades, but the Kelly and co-owner and husband Arthur say that pressure on the industry combined with a rent hike was too much to bear.

The new three-year lease will allow the Klipples to pay the bills while keeping the community fixture open. The new location will, however, be smaller (about 2,000 square feet compared to the current 3,000), so Kelly says the store will be having out a lot of sales leading up to the move.

"I mean there's stuff we probably don't even know we have," Kelly says of the store's packed inventory.

The original version of this blog mistakenly featured a photo from a different local book shop. We regret the error.

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