East Bay bookstore closing its doors this weekend after lease not renewed

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CONCORD (KRON) — A beloved Concord bookstore is closing its doors this weekend after the property owner decided to not renew the business’s lease earlier this year.

Half Price Books has been a mainstay in Downtown Concord since its opening in 2001 — but to disappointment of East Bay residents, the bookstore is set to close for good on Sunday. 

To thank the community, the bookstore is hosting a reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A spokesperson with Half Price Books said the business is still hoping to find a new location in the area — but regardless, the location in Todos Santos Plaza will be closing. 

The Concord location is one of four across the Bay Area, with stores in Berkeley, Dublin and Fremont and more than 120 across the U.S. 

The Concord store is located at 1935 Mt. Diablo Street. 

Back in February, there was a push by residents asking the city council to keep the store open, with some saying the closure might cause a domino effect and negatively impact other nearby businesses.

Concord’s Mayor addressed the community’s concern at a February city council meeting. 

“I think we all spend time there and it is valuable to the community,” said Mayor Carlyn Obringer. “We understand that and we are working to find another home for Half Price Books to keep them here in Concord.”

The company is hopeful about finding a new location in the area. 

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