Chapters Bookstore announces closing date after 40 years in business
The popular Dublin city bookstore has revealed when it will close its doors.
In what will be sad news for book lovers in Ireland's capital, Chapters Bookstore has announced the date on which it will close after 40 years in business.
It had previously been announced that the popular family-owned independent Irish book shop located on Parnell Street would shut in early 2022.
However, in a Twitter post on Saturday (15 January), the store - which sold an extensive range of new and second-hand books - revealed it will be closing its doors on 31 January.
The statement from Chapters read:
"Following the announcement of our closure after 40 wonderful years in business, we would like to announce that we will be closing our doors on 31 January.
"Your support over the last 40 years and especially over the past number of months has been so greatly appreciated.
"We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next two weeks."
CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT pic.twitter.com/fplJBoopG3
— Chapters Bookstore Dublin (@chaptersbooks) January 15, 2022
When news of the store's closure broke in October, the public was quick to express their disbelief and sadness, with thousands of retweets and messages being shared online.
Tributes poured in from both readers and authors alike.
"I used to shop in Chapters every week. I LOVED secondhand bookstores - still do. You never know what gem you’ll find hidden away on a shelf somewhere…" wrote Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
The Irish For manager and 'Motherfoclóir' author Darach Ó Séaghdha tweeted: "We've lost too much in Dublin city - this is just heartbreaking."
"My heart breaks. Chapters Bookstore is a wonderful Dublin institution where I spent many happy hours. Fantastic staff and an amazing secondhand (beloved for the hidden gems!) and new section," wrote young adult fiction writer Sarah Rees Brennan.
"I believe there are signed books of mine there now: I’ll see when I go bid farewell, buy and cry."
Main Image from Chapters Bookstore/Twitter