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Book Store to close shop after 32 years.

Byline: Ilene Aleshire The Register-Guard

A longtime long·time  
Having existed or persisted for a long time: a longtime friend; a longtime resident of Detroit.

 Eugene bookstore will close this month when its owner retires.

The Book Store, at 1000 River Road, began 32 years ago when the Wilson family decided to diversify diversify

To acquire a variety of assets that do not tend to change in value at the same time. To diversify a securities portfolio is to purchase different types of securities in different companies in unrelated industries.
 its army surplus store.

"The Book Store evolved from Western Exchange," said Dona Wilson, 40, who has worked in the family business since she was 5.

Her parents traded used electronics from the surplus store for 1,000 books, she said. "They thought the women could look at books while men looked at electronics."

That initial stock grew to more than 300,000 books, as the store went through several moves and became dedicated solely to selling and trading used paperback fiction.

Now, Wilson's mother, Lynne, has decided to retire and has sold the building to a chiropractic chiropractic (kīrəprăk`tĭk) [Gr.,=doing by hand], medical practice based on the theory that all disease results from a disruption of the functions of the nerves.  group, which means the store will be going out of business Sept. 26, or maybe Sept. 22 - "Depending on if we fall over from exhaustion Exhaustion

Situation in which a majority of participants trading in the same asset are either long or short, leaving few investors to take the other side of the transaction when participants wish to close their positions.
," Dona Wilson said. The store has about 100,000 books on the shelves, and more in two semi-trailers they are now unloading Unloading

Selling securities or commodities whose prices are dropping to minimize loss.

"Telling our customers we're closing is so emotional," she said. "Some come in every day. We've known some of them for 20 or 30 years."

The store carries mystery, science fiction, popular fiction, westerns, historical and series romances, and replenishes its stock solely through trading, giving readers credits for books they bring in that can be put toward the acquisition of other books.

The customer base stretches from the coast to Bend, reaching into Washington, California For the town formerly called Washington, in Yolo County, California, see .

Washington is an unincorporated community located in Nevada County, California. Washington is located on the banks of the South Fork of The Yuba River and has a population of approximately two hundred
 and Nevada, Wilson said. "We've got a gal that comes comes down from Albany just because we carry stuff that's so old," she said.

Wilson said she thought about buying the building and continuing the bookstore, "but I couldn't afford it." She and her mother declined to give the asking price for it, but tax records show the building and lot were assessed at $317,436 in 2006.

The store will be closed for its usual days off Sunday and Monday, but then will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until Wilson and her mother close for good. After that, Wilson's not sure what lies ahead for her.

"I'm really quite torn, I'm at a turning point in my life: Finding a real job out there, or exploring the possibility of opening my own store, if I can find a location that's affordable," she said.

Wilson said she has done some research on opening a bookstore but that, considering rental prices in Eugene and competition from the Internet and thrift thrift: see leadwort.  stores, it's a daunting daunt  
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.

[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin

As for her mother, Wilson said that a customer recently asked Lynne Wilson what she's going to do after the store closes.

"She said, `I think I'll just sit back and read.' '
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Title Annotation:Business; The owner of the paperback exchange sells the building as she prepares to retire
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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