Another bookstore closes in Summit County
After opening to the public in October of 2009, the Book Warehouse in the Outlets at Silverthorne closed down this past Sunday. The store sold books at 50 to 80 percent off publisher’s price. District manager for the chain, Shawn Kendrick, said the store’s lease with the outlet had run its course, and upper management decided not to renew. “I think it’s standard practice in retail when your lease is up, they start negotiating about three months before,” Kendrick said. “Who knows what goes into these negotiations.” Kendrick said he doesn’t know why the chain decided against renewing its lease. Jayne Esser, general manager at the outlets, said outlet management was aware the bookstore would only be there for a short amount of time, as Book Warehouse only held a temporary lease. She said some stores sign a short-term lease to test out an area or sell close-out items. Store manager Christine Valdez said the store had many repeat customers, and wasn’t in trouble monetarily. Larger booksellers – like Borders – have lost business due to online sales, but Kendrick said Book Warehouse hasn’t endured the same problems because it already sold books at a deep discount. “The economy didn’t affect it,” Valdez said. “Business was thriving for this bookstore.”The store’s six employees were alerted in February the location would be closing. “I’m sad; it’s hard to see it go,” Valdez said. “I’ve enjoyed the people and the community.””It’s been a great place to have a store,” Kendrick said. Kendrick said the chain still has two stores in Colorado: one in Castle Rock and one in Loveland. The company closed four stores around the nation this year, but are opening about eight more. Esser said outlet management does not yet know what will replace the store.
The store donated everything left in the location to local organizations in need, including the Family & Intercultural Resource Center and the libraries at Fort Carson.Kendrick said about 20,000 books and all the bookshelves were given away. “It just makes sense to spread some goodwill in the communities that have supported you,” Kendrick said. About 20 volunteers showed up to help move the merchandise and shelves. BigHorn owner Don Sather lent a truck – full with gas – for the day. Dillon Mayor Ron Holland, who was there to volunteer, said Fort Carson libraries were especially in need of children’s books.”They had a ton of children’s books here,” he said. “The number of volunteers just blew me away. What a county we live in.”
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