Village Books in Mt. Shasta, Calif., is closing, the store announced on Facebook, saying that "the past five years have been rather difficult due to lower sales, taxes, and a changing economy. Recently, the rent on the building was drastically increased as well."
Kim and Tony Padilla bought the store in 2008 from Kathy Lancaster, who had owned the store for 15 years.
Kim Padilla wrote that they are closing the store "with great sadness" after attempting to sell it for several years. "Though I am grieving the loss of the bookstore, I am immensely grateful to the customers who have supported us. Our loyal customers are what kept me going when I was stretched thin and struggling to stay afloat. Thank you for your thoughts, kindness, and support."
Village Books will "honor the bookstore and the community" with a party on Saturday, September 3, from 1-4 p.m.