University Village Barbara's Bookstore closing

01/11/2012 10:00 PM


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Barbara’s Bookstore closed its University Village outpost on Sunday after nearly eight years in business at 1218 S. Halsted St.

The bookstore’s owner, Don Barliant, said the store simply wasn’t performing well enough, and with their lease up at the end of the month, it was time to go.

He enjoyed the neighborhood, but the area needs more stores to be successful, he said.

“I wish them well,” Barliant said. “But the neighborhood needs to expand its retail presence so the existing stores can do better.”

Barliant said Barbara’s will expand its presence selling books across several Macy’s stores, as well as in its Northwestern Memorial Hospital outpost. Some of the University Village employees will be shifted to those locations, Barliant said.

Barbara’s was evicted from its Oak Park location in 2010, a store it had run since the 1970s. A court ordered Barbara’s to pay its landlord $126,543 in unpaid rent and attorney fees in December 2011.

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By Anonymous
Posted: 01/20/2012 6:33 PM

Growing up in Ann Arbor, i remember the original borders bookstore and they had outside tables along the entire wall of the store. As passer-bys walked down the street we couldn\'t help but see a title or a topic that caught our eye. I think sometimes a business has to be creative enough to lure people into a store. Borders was crowded around the clock. It\'s too bad they got to big to survive. Also low rent districts and dive storefronts work for bookstores too.



By WestLooper from West Loop
Posted: 01/17/2012 12:15 PM

It's sad bookstores can't survive, although I confess I have not been down there in years to visit that store.