Books-A-Million bookstore in Owensboro is closing

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OWENBORO,Ky. (WEHT) Owensboro shoppers will soon have one less place to get the newest books or magazines.

Books-A-Million on Frederica Street will close its doors next month, leaving the city without a national bookstore chain.

“This was our go to. They always have the newer series out,” said Melanie Hodskins of Owensboro. She and her son, Grayson, go to Books-A-Million for the newest stories to hit the shelves.

“That is something he looks forward to. If he does his chores, we go get a new book,” Melanie says.

The planned closure of this store is an ending neither they, nor other shoppers, wanted to read about.

“I was kind of mad because I really liked to get books from that,” Grayson said.

“I was a little devastated about it,” adds Melanie.

Managers say the store’s last day of business will be around January 18th. The store opened more than two decades ago at what used to be a Walmart. More than twenty people work at the store.

“You can buy all the stuff online, but it’s not the same thing as looking at them, picking them up, look at them, lay them back down,” said Terry Burley, who shopped at the store today.

Other stores selling books, including the recently opened 2nd and Charles, which is owned by Books-A-Million, will still be open, but they sell more used books. Shoppers now must turn the page and find other places for new books.

“We always try to shop local, but Amazon might be our go to from now on,” Melanie says.

As for the workers at this store, managers say some of them will be able to be hired at 2nd and Charles, but that space will be limited.

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(This story was originally published on December 31, 2019)

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