Marcus Books closed. Adobe Books forced to move and restructure. And those are just the recent ones. Remember Stacey's? Or—across the Bay—Cody's? San Francisco's bookstores seem to exist in a permanent state of crisis.
The latest one to get hit is Bibliohead Books, the decade-old store in Hayes Valley. The Gough Street's bookstores landlord is embarking on an expensive earthquake renovation, one that has caused a double in the rent. Bibliohead's lease runs out at the end of August, and it's been given a September 30th deadline to vacate.
The bookstore's owner, Melissa Richmond, tells Hoodline, "Once businesses have completed their retrofits, the rent naturally goes up since owner want to recoup their expenses. It’s going to be hard for a lot of mom and pop stores to stay in business." The bookstore tried to negotiate a rent compromise with the landlord, with no success.
So that means Richmond is looking for a new location. In the meantime, there's an indiegogo campaign that has raised almost five grand to help with moving costs. If Bibliohead can't find a new home, Richmond says she might try to take it mobile through a converted school bus.
What's planned for the space after earthquake renovations are complete? You guessed it: A high-end boutique.