Downtown cultural institution Eborn Books given until end of June to vacate


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah’s largest used, rare, and out-of-print bookstore, Eborn Books is preparing to close its doors the end of June.  

Eborn Books is located at 254 South Main in downtown Salt Lake City. The three-level, 40,000 square foot building has become a beloved haven for many Utahns.

Store owners, Bret and Cindy Eborn say they are being evicted by the building’s owners. They have rented the space for the past seven years and have been given two months to vacate.  

Bret Eborn says they have estimated it will take 10,000 boxes, 1,000 full bookcases and two full months to empty out the store.

Eborn says the current building owner plans to turn the space into more downtown restaurants and bars.

The massive book collection has been a major attraction for Main Street shoppers. The Ebron’s say they receive daily comments from tourists and locals about how wonderful the store is.

Stacy Wood, an Eborn Books customer, says the store is a “treasure trove of stories.” The variety of book options and interesting artifacts keep story lovers coming back for more.

Eborn says about 70% of their business is done online and they have rented a space to store all of their books and continue sales as an internet retailer.

Bret Ebron says they will move into another space if it feels right but can’t imagine anything feeling as much like home as their downtown location.

Eborn Books has four other locations aside from the downtown location that will maintain in operation.

Because of their quick move out Ebron Books is having a moving sale with 20% to 30% off books that will eventually go to a 50% off sale throughout June when doors close forever.

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