Bookworms saddened by store closure
Those addicted to literary escape were saddened to hear of the closure of one of the most popular and funky used bookstores in Grand Junction this week.
Author’s Bookstore, a fixture in downtown for the past 20 years, announced that it will close the doors by the end of the month.
“It’s just really sad,” said Owner Marge Rupp Monday afternoon.
Rupp said she had no choice but to close the business because of “rent increasing and the economy decreasing.”
Rupp purchased the business 4 1/2 years ago, but each year the rent on the building space has increased by $100 per month. Now, the rent is $1,600 per month, an amount Rupp just cannot afford.
The store was known for having “just about anything you could ever want,” Rupp said. The musty volumes packed the wooden bookshelves often spilling over into boxes on the floor that customers were encouraged to dig through.
Some customers loved the unkept and disorganized atmosphere of the store while others hated it. “I liked that it was all about the search,” said one customer as he dug through a box of random magazines by the front desk.
Many of the used books were donated, purchased through estate sales, or bought through trade.
Rupp still has 95,000 books to find a home for by the month’s end. She encourages those with store credit to use it before the store is gone. Rupp will have a going-out-of-business sale through the end of the month. At that time, she’ll take what’s left home and attempt to sell the books via the Internet.