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The Bookstore is Closing

Closure leaves Towne Center Books as the city's only bookstore.

, a longtime independent seller next door to Gene's on Hopyard Road, will close on Sept. 30.

Most everything in the store is on sale for $1, with specialty items and fixtures priced separately.

Owner Lisa Kelly seemed cheerful as she helped customers on Saturday, one observer noted, saying while she was out of business she wasn't "that out."

The store is a mish-mash of titles, from fairly recent to long ago, with large sections of romance and mystery paperbacks mixed with juicy finds such as a copy of The Godfather and vintage sets for kids in the Hardy Boys genre.

According to the store's answering machine phone message, they are no longer returning calls or answering the phone as they are too busy with the last few weeks of business. The machine recording says they are in their "final clearance days." All of the shelves are on sale as well as the books and all sales are final.

The closure leaves as not only the only independent book store in town but as the ONLY store specializing in books, as .

Some nearby options for book lovers include: Half Price Books and Barnes and Noble in Dublin.

Where do you go to dig for dusty but beloved real live books you can hold in your hands? Tell us in the comments.

Christina Andrews September 08, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I can't believe they are closing! I have very fond memories of this bookstore from my childhood! So sad to see a locally owned business get beat out by the big dogs...go home Barnes and Noble! I want Pleasanton to stay the quaint town from my childhood....so sad.
John MacDougall September 08, 2012 at 01:31 PM
This is a loss for the community. Times are very hard for independent stores - hopefully the end of Amazon's sales tax advantage will be a boost. Check out the 3/50 project for information on how we can all help keep small businesses thriving in our town.
Julie September 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I feel guilty but in 25 years in Ptown I never walked into the store. It was a curiosity but always looked dark and uninviting. I wish I had remembered that you should not judge a book by it's cover.
Annette Langer September 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Well, kudos to Judy Wheeler though, owner of Towne Center Books. She works very, very hard to keep the store vibrant and alive with many interesting guests and book finds. Let's keep supporting her.

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