According to the Montford Avenue used bookshop’s website, “The brick and mortar part of the business, at 31 Montford Ave., will close April 30, while the online aspect of our bookselling will continue.” Until the closing date, the store is selling used books, CDs and records and VHS and DVDs at 50 percent off.
Owner Kay Manley posted a note of farewell and explanation on the store’s website:
“This decision presents a mix of feelings (including sadness and loss), but the overwhelming one is that of gratitude. For over 4 years I have been able to fulfill a dream, and my heart is full of appreciation for that. It has been a joy to share this space with so many delightful people; to host various events, meetings and classes. …
Much has been said about the devastating effects caused by e-books and big-box stores. Personally, I believe there is room for coexistence. That said, it is absolutely essential to support locally owned and independent bookstores, whether you live in the Asheville area or elsewhere. Local businesses are the heartbeat of quality communities.”
Montford Books and More is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., until April 30.