Half Price Books spokeswoman Emily Bruce told the Observer that rent was not the reason for the change. "We have great customers at Lincoln Square," she said. "But the area around the store has changed since we first moved in. With the development of new stadiums, restaurants and retail in the area, it has become more difficult for our customers to access the store. And as a result, we've seen a steady decline in store traffic in the past few years."
With more than 120 stores across the country, Half Price Books primarily sells used books, CDs, DVDs and more. In recent years, Half Price Books began selling new books because of customer demand.