St. Charles-area book lovers can celebrate: Main Street Books, expected to close this month, has found new owners.
Current owners Vicki and Jim Erwin said today that Emily, Ellen and Andrew Hall will buy the store as of Feb. 14. Emily Hall, 24, a graduate of Truman State University who majored in English, will oversee the day-to-day operations of Main Street Books. Her parents live in Weldon Spring and she lives in Bel-Nor.
Vicki Erwin said, "I am thrilled that the bookstore sold and I think the Halls will do a great job. They have been customers of the store and are very "booky." The transition into retirement will be much easier for me knowing that the store will continue in good hands."
Although the store will be closed Monday and Tuesday and Feb. 9, 10 and 11, regular hours will resume Feb. 15.
In a statement, the Erwins said they "welcome the Halls to Main Street and the book business and thank their customers for 20 years of loyal patronage as they look forward to retirement." The Erwins had owned the store for the last 8 years, taking it over from its previous owner.
They announced in December that they planned to close the store, at 307 South Main Street, because they wanted to travel more and spend more time with grandchildren. The store was profitable, but it was a full-time job.
In an email, Emily Hall said that she had no immediate plans to change anything about the store: "Currently, our plan is to learn everything we can from Vicki, as she has graciously agreed to help us through the transitional period. We're very thankful for this — Vicki is a wonderful person and her knowledge of the industry is vast. Once we're confident in our ability to manage the store effectively, we will think about the future."