Carrie Rengers

Paperback Exchange to close late this month

A six-month trial helped Renda Robertson learn what she needed to know about how her Paperback Exchange would do with a cafe in larger space.

That’s why she’s now closing the store.

“Unfortunately, it’s just not supporting itself,” says her daughter, Lacy King.

Robertson moved the shop from about 1,000 square feet at 455 N. West St. to 7,000 square feet at 126 N. West St. and added a cafe to the longtime business.

“I really think that a lot of people just didn’t know we were here,” King says. “We’re just kind of out of time to keep waiting to see if it’s going to pick up.”

Feb. 26 is the store’s last day in business.

All books are an extra 50 percent off, which King says means they’re 75 percent off of publishers’ prices.

“We appreciate all the customers,” she says on behalf of her mother, “and we’ve really enjoyed getting to know them over the years.”

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