Many people like to enjoy a good book while they are snowed in with wintry weather. One local used bookstore will not be open for perusing anymore beginning March 1.
Book Haven will begin a storewide sale today which marks the beginning of the end. This used book store has been in Middlesboro for nearly 10 years.
Store manager Diana Fultz attributes the store’s closing to fees associated with new insurance laws causing one of the partners to remove themselves from the business. This will in turn legally cause the corporation to dissolve.
Fultz said many of the larger bookstores are closing across the country due to some of the same problems she is seeing with book sales in Middlesboro.
“The overhead is extremely high for this building, which wasn’t a problem until lately. Its low sales and high overhead,” said store manager Diana Fultz.
Book Haven’s going-out-of-business sale began Friday and will run until March 1. Everything in the store ranges from 25 cents to 50 per cents off the cover price.
Fultz has been talking with Discover Downtown Middlesboro about possibly opening a similar store in the downtown area. “This would give me a way to expand on the arts and crafts and local artists. I would love to carry more of their CDs if this were to come about,” said Fultz.
While plans are still up in the air for Fultz’s new store, she has been looking into options for this potential new beginning. “There are a lot of different things we’re talking about being combined for a small bookstore downtown. They have some wonderful ideas and I personally would love to be a part of it,” said Fultz.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.