An Atlanta institution and core of the Atlanta gay and lesbian community, Outwrite Bookstore announced today it will be closing.
According to an e-mail sent out to its customers, “As you may know, we have been challenged by changes in the book industry and the downturn in the economy,” according to the email. “At this time, we regret to share with you that the lease at our current location will soon be coming to an end.”
The e-mail further stated that Outwrite Bookstore will relocate.
“The good news is that we’re looking for a new location that will allow Outwrite to continue serving you as Atlanta’s LGBT bookstore and coffeehouse.”
The corner of 10th and Piedmont, where the store is currently located has often been called the center of gay life in Atlanta. Blake’s on The Park (a gay bar) and Gilbert’s Restaurant (next door) have long been favorite spots for local and visiting gays and lesbians to Atlanta. It will be strange not to see Outwrite Bookstore there.
With the rental rates for commercial space what they are in Midtown Atlanta, let’s hope Outwrite Bookstore can find a new home that is not to far away and not to expensive.