We’ve been receiving tips, reader mail, and even a Forum post on rumors that local independent book store, Queen Anne Books, would be either closing or sold in the very near future. We’ve been in contact with Queen Anne Books, and we now have official word on the store’s future.
Today, owner Katherine Hershey sent us the following official statement:
“I am writing today to let you know that I will be leaving Queen Anne Books as of the end of November. This has not been an easy or hastily made decision, and I thank all of you for your loyalty and your commitment to Queen Anne Books during the period of time that I have been a part of the store.
I would like to find a buyer for the store from among the wonderful community of people who have supported Queen Anne Books over the years. I encourage anyone who is interested to contact the store in person, by phone, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
In February of this year, the independent book store was put up for sale, with new owner Katherine Hershey taking over the business in April.
Queen Anne Books has been part of the community since 1988. In 2004, owners Patti McCall and Cindy Mitchell moved the store to its current location, and in 2008, Mitchell sold her interest in the store to McCall.
With the latest change of hands, Queen Anne Books continued to host author readings, book club meetings, and other events, but its future is now uncertain – if you know of anyone with interest in owning a locally-owned, independent book store, please encourage them to contact the store.