Robin’s Books Bargain Store to Close

Walking by the Robin’s Books store on Chestnut Street a couple of days ago, I noticed a big, orange sign in the window, announcing that the space was for lease. I stopped in my tracks as I saw it, feeling the wrenching pain that comes to me when I learn that a life-long fixture is reaching the end of it’s own cycle. I asked about the for lease sign at their primary location on 13th Street and discovered that they actually own the building on Chestnut Street, but can make far more money leasing it to someone else than they can selling books from that location. They are currently repurposing space at the 13th Street store so that they will still have a bargain section, including those fantastic advance reader copies for the low, low price of $5.

I am sad to see the Chestnut Street store close, as I have many lovely memories of wandering through there with my mom and grandmother while I was growing up. I also recognize that things don’t stay the same and that my little stretch of Chestnut is has changed rapidly in the last five years and is continuing to alter drastically every day. I’m just sad that there isn’t room anymore for a funky, bargain bookstore among the new Starbucks and Steven Starr restaurants.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ellen (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 7:59 am

    I get sad thinking about the 5 movie theatres that used to be along Chestnut (usually lump the one that used to be Rittenhouse/walnut st in with them) – not that I see movies so much these days


  2. Marisa (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    I know! When I was a kid there were so many places to see movies in Center City. Now all that’s really left, especially on my side of Broad Street, is the Roxy. Conveniently located, but doesn’t always show the best movies.



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