Russo's Books to close

Published 12/15 2013 08:47PM

Updated 12/15 2013 09:00PM

A popular book store is moving to the next chapter, and closing its business.

The owner of Russo's Books in The Marketplace says the book industry is changing, and operating the current location is too expensive.

For more than two decades, the book store has been a staple in Bakersfield, providing customers with a friendly experience.

But for the small business in The Marketplace, time is running short.

"As our lease comes due, we just need to look at the business model and be realistic and say what it the future going to look like," said Owner Michael Russo.

Russo says the cost of running the store is getting too expensive for a family-owned business.

"As things go forward, at least for the time being, probably online and if a physical location is in the cards in the future, that would be wonderful."

Russo says after the store closes in February, all business will be directed online, with more than two million books to choose from.

But, for customers who shop at the store often, it's a place they'll miss.

"I know the owners, I know the people, some of the people who work here have worked here a long time and they're always good at giving you recommendations and you really can't get those recommendations online. So, it's nice to have the person to talk to." said Susie Geiger, customer.

Over the years, Russo's has been all over town, with several locations, until cutting back and settling in The Marketplace 17 years ago.

Since then, the store has achieved success, hosting hundreds of events and more than two thousand book signings.

"We look forward to between now and the end of January having a lot of fun with books and a lot of memories and welcome people in and after that. We'll be online and we'll go from there," continued Russo.

Russo says the clearance sale will start Thursday morning as well as a celebration of books.

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