Bad news in March that Books Inc.'s location in the Castro would close was tempered by good news later that month that the Castro would not be bookstore-less thanks to an expansion of Valencia's Dog Eared Books to 489 Castro Street. The book gods giveth etc. etc.
Well, now that latter shop is open (and gearing up for an inaugural bash with Armistead Maupin, Rebecca Solnit, and more on June 20), but Books Inc. has announced its official closing date: June 15. Hoodline had word that the announced closure was imminent, and from the store's Facebook page we learn that everything is on sale until then — 30 percent off — during regular store hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Books Inc. CEO Michael Tucker tells Hoodline that "leaving is tough.” Though 11 Books Inc. locations remain, the Castro spot was reportedly in the red. Still, Tucker is hopeful for the incoming Dog Eared Books. “I tell you, I was extremely pleased to find out that they were able to take a location in the Castro just two days after we had announced we were closing," he says. "The neighborhood really deserves a store. They have my best wishes.”
Previously: Another SF Bookstore Bites The Dust: Books Inc. In The Castro