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Iconic San Diego Bookstore Loses Lease

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Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore has 60 days to find a new home and owner.

SAN DIEGO - eTradeWire -- The staff of Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, a 27-year staple in the San Diego community, was notified on Wednesday that they have lost their lease and will need to vacate their Balboa Avenue location within 60 days.

A vibrant part of the San Diego book scene and recognized nationally in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mystery genres, the store has seen 5-10% growth in sales and increasing profits over the past several years, despite the impact of the competitive e-commerce industry. Their loyal customers have generated rave reviews on Yelp and beyond, and their regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events are consistently well attended.

Mysterious Galaxy has been on the market for a new owner since 2018. Unless a new location and buyer are secured, the popular award-winning independent bookstore will be forced to close its doors.

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The sale of Mysterious Galaxy would be a turnkey purchase, providing new ownership with a knowledgeable staff and a successful, respected brand that continues to show growth potential.

From the staff:  "We have become a close-knit family here and we hope that we can continue to provide a home for all who share our love of books."

Author Neil Gaiman: "This is heartbreaking. So much affection here for a San Diego institution." (Twitter)

Author Sarah Gailey: "Mysterious Galaxy is such an incredibly important part of the Southern California independent bookstore scene. They are a magnificent store, a wonderful venue, and genuinely good people. Please help save this store."  (Twitter)


Kellly Orazi

Source: Mysterious Galaxy
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