After 27 years of business, Tattersall's Book Merchants of Conyers will be closing their doors at the end of June.
Already a large portion of the store's selection has been snapped up by customers eager to take advantage of the storewide 50 percent off discount. Despite the store's phenomenal deals, the attitude in Tattersall's Monday afternoon was somewhat melancholy as customers mourned the closing of their beloved bookshop.
But fans of the bookstore should not despair. Plans are in place to reopen Tattersall's next year in the Porterdale Village.
This is the second Tattersall's store to close in Conyers. The original location in Olde Town closed its doors four years ago.
Tattersall's owner Kim Harper, who has worked at the Honey Creek Village store for 16 years, said she made the decision to close the last Conyers location after seeing many of her customers move further east.
"The community's changing," Harper said. "A lot of people in Conyers are moving further out, towards Social Circle."
Harper said her own recent move to the city of Porterdale convinced her that she wanted to live and work in the same city.
"I've just decided I'd like to live and work in the same community," Harper said, adding "I'd really like to take a break and then start full throttle" in spring 2009.
Harper said she plans to keep the Porterdale store very similar to the Honey Creek Village store in terms of book selection, magazines and newspapers. Harper said she did not know if she would have a coffee shop in the new store.
"It's very customer service oriented," Harper said of Tattersall's, noting that many of her employees have been with her for years and are well-read and well-versed on what books the store has to offer. "I've never had problems keeping employees because people stay. It's just a family. It always has been."
Harper herself came to work for Tattersall's after her mother, who opened the Honey Creek Village store, recruited her.
"It just came full circle," Harper said. "It's just the American dream, isn't it?"
Customers can continue to place their special orders at the Conyers store until June. Special orders are not discounted. Harper said she will continue the service in the Porterdale store when it opens.
In addition to the 50 percent discount on all store merchandise, store furnishings and bookshelves are also on sale (though they are going fast). Prices for furnishings range from $15 to $50.
While many titles by such popular authors as James Patterson and Nora Roberts have already been sold, there is still a large selection of books to choose from including science fiction/fantasy selections, romance novels, kids' favorites, biographies, self-help books and many more.
"It's been a wonderful place to be," Harper said. "This has been my life."