We got the official word just days before Christmas that they were closing our store. We’ve all done surprise, shock, denial, and are slowly moving into acceptance. In retrospect with one lackluster year almost behind us and two more coming up (due to lots of local construction cutting into our customer base and a sister store so close by), it made sense for our little store to go.
Recognizing this fact doesn’t make this any easier. We all thought we’d leave the store one day, go our separate ways due to school, career or life, but in each scenario we were doing the leaving, not being left behind. The choice would be ours. We would have moved on, and the store, we were sure, would always be there to visit in some form or another. David talked once about how bookstore customers don’t like change, well neither do booksellers. Be the instigators of change? Sure, move a section, try out a new line of books, set up a new display. No problem. But being on the receiving end of change? Thanks, but no. Not if we have a choice.
In this case, however, there’s no choice involved. In thirty days our little store will be no more and we’ll be scattered about. Do we try to find other jobs as booksellers? January is a hellish time to find a job in the retail world with businesses already flush with temporary workers that they must decide whether to keep or let go. Do we move on and find other jobs that may have nothing to do with the book industry? We have to decide soon.
In the end, whether this is the event that nudges us all along on our separate life paths or just another link in the retail chain, I’m glad that I had the opportunity work with some great books, people and customers.
And, of course, I’m thankfully for the chance to meet y’all. Something I never could have done had I not blogged about the various adventures of bookselling. Whether I remain Bookseller Chick or just become the Chick formerly known as Bookseller, it’s been a hell of a lot of fun.
One that I hope will continue in some way or another.
For the next couple of weeks or so, y’all will have to live through the anatomy of a store closing.
I’m still working my way into full acceptance.