As the last store closed down in the city, the next opened its doors, and the old one is starting to get the respect it deserves.
It’s a testament to the power of bookstore culture that the store’s owner, W.W. Goodwin, isn’t too far removed from the scene.
The owner of the Liberty Bookstore in San Diego, Goodwin opened the store in 2005, just as the country was going through the Great Recession.
He says it was a time when the book industry was still in its infancy, and it had a difficult time competing with the growing number of independent bookstores and the growing popularity of Amazon.com.
“The bookstore business is still a small part of the overall economy, but it’s certainly an important part,” Goodwin said.
“I think it’s a pretty great example of how a bookstore can help an economy thrive.”
The Liberty Bookshop was named the best bookstore in America by the Chicago Tribune, and Goodwin says the bookstore has helped bring back many local jobs that were lost to other industries during the recession.
Goodwin also thinks it’s great that the local community has been able to support the business.
“People really have come together,” Goodwin told ABC News.
“And I think that’s really been a big part of our success.”
As bookstores are closing down and new ones open, the owners of the old ones have taken over and are bringing in new patrons.
And it’s paid off.
Over the past few years, the bookstores have become more diverse and inclusive.
“A lot of the stores that are still in business today have a really small demographic of people who are very, very interested in books,” Goodwin explained.
“When we opened the Liberty bookstore, I knew that the book business was going to be here for a long time. “
I was really excited when the stores were here and I was excited to be able to share that with people and have them buy my books.” “
When we opened the Liberty bookstore, I knew that the book business was going to be here for a long time.
I was really excited when the stores were here and I was excited to be able to share that with people and have them buy my books.”
The new Liberty Book Shop opened in 2007 and has been a staple in San Francisco for the last five years.
“We’ve had a really strong business and a very strong community, and we have a great team of staff,” Goodwin says.
“There’s no pressure.
We just do what we do.”
He hopes to continue opening new stores in other cities, as well.
“Some places are starting to open their doors and we’re getting more book requests than we’re doing,” Goodwin added.
“So we’ve got to be careful about what we ask for.
And we’ve been very patient, and so far, we’re in great shape.”