Archive Bookstore: Independent St. Louis Shop Will Likely Shut Down, Owner "Heartbroken"

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On Facebook, Dover writes:

Please consider this a pre-liquidation notice of our bookstore. Please stop in, say hello, get some great prices on wonderful books, and take the opportunity to let us know what you think about St. Louis potentially losing another bookstore.

"If things remain anywhere close to where they have been, we'll pretty much be shutting down after mid-June," she tells Daily RFT.

Dover says she recognizes that bookstores across the country are struggling -- but says the situation seems especially dire in St. Louis.

ART CREDIT TO MICHAEL DRAGA.
Art credit to Michael Draga.

"I feel St. Louis is not very much of a literary town," she says. "I think of other cities that have the big book stores that are independent.... St. Louis hardly seems to sustain the few bookstores that we have. That's the hard part."

Dover says if she does have to close the store as expected, she likely won't consider opening another book shop, citing a "dying interest in books."

She adds, "If we see this outpouring of support from the community, that would make a huge difference."

Here's the full announcement Dover posted on Friday, followed by more photos of the Archive Bookstore.

The Archive Bookstore in St. Louis has reached an impasse, and must now make a decision about the future of our bookstore. We can no longer feasibly keep up our doors open if business remains stagnant. We will begin a 25% off sale on June 1st, and then review our situation in two weeks to see if we can viably keep the store open. Please consider this a pre-liquidation notice of our bookstore. Please stop in, say hello, get some great prices on wonderful books, and take the opportunity to let us know what you think about St. Louis potentially losing another bookstore.

Thank you, The Archive

We are located in the Benton Park West Neighborhood, and also across the street from the Benton Park Neighborhood. 2903 S. Jefferson 63118 (the cross street by us is Pestalozzi, which always has parking on it if you don't see any in front of our store.)

Continue for more photos of the Archive Bookstore.

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