Annie's Book Stop in Portland to close this week


(NEWS CENTER) -- One of Portland's few remaining bookstores will close for good on Saturday after 30 years in business.

Annie's Book Stop at 295 Forest Ave. was built in 1984, along with the Hannaford supermarket next door. Owner Alice Moisen says the book shop survived tough times and managed to stay open, while dozens of the similar shops closed.

"At the time there were about 75 or 80," said Moisen. "Now they're down to about 20, I guess."

Moisen says her store, like many indie book shops, has experienced declining sales as more consumers shop and read online.

"People used to buy 6, 7, 8, 9, books at a time," said Moisen. "Now they buy 2 or 3."

They've kept some 20,000 books in-stock, primarily used paperbacks and mostly fiction, and some children's books.

The shop, for the most part was run by Alice's late husband, Joseph Moisen, who passed away 3 years ago.

"It was just easier when there were two of us and so the lease is up and I'm going to retire... from this," said Moisen.

She says most everything inside the store is up for sale, including the pine bookshelves, she says were built by the Annie's husband in 1984.

Annie's Book Stop in Portland will close for good this Saturday. Sales will be "fill a bag for a buck," costing a dollar for a dozen books. They say there is no limit on the amount of bags filled, until everything is sold.


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