Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Thursday, August 6, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 71° Partly Cloudy
News >  Spokane

River Park Square branch of Auntie’s Bookstore to close

Spokane-based homegrown Auntie’s Bookstore announced it’s closing its River Park Square shop, after three years of not being able to grab enough shoppers in the downtown mall. The final day is Jan. 31.

The company’s large downtown central store, at 402 W. Main Ave., is not affected and is doing well, said company founder Chris O’Harra.

O’Harra said Auntie’s will continue running a Spokane airport operation.

“We just weren’t able to tap into that mall market,” she said.

It might be that the RPS shop was too near the other downtown store, O’Harra said.

The strongest sales for the RPS store were for children’s books, which makes sense. Auntie’s took over a space on the second floor previously used by Children’s Corner Bookshop.

“I still think there’s a market to sell books at the mall,” she added. “We just weren’t able to develop it there.”

The mall has not yet identified a tenant for the Auntie’s location. RPS is owned and operated by Cowles Co., which also owns and publishes The Spokesman-Review.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

The journalists of The Spokesman-Review are a part of the community. They live here. They work here. They care. You can help keep local journalism strong right now with your contribution. Thank you.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Swedish Thoracic Surgery: Partners in patient care

 (Courtesy Bergman Draper Oslund Udo)
Sponsored

Matt Bergman knows the pain and anger that patients with mesothelioma feel.