Rhonda Ramsey, the owner of 11 Giles Bookstore in Dublin, said she will be closing the bricks-and-mortar location and move strictly to online sales.
The store has been located at 11 Giles Avenue since 2002, but Ramsey said the owners are selling the building and she decided to focus on its website, which is how the business began. In 1999, she and her husband began selling books online and after some success they opened the physical store.
She said sales are still good and they are only closing the store because of the ownership changes. The last day the store will be open is Dec. 31. The website will continue as always.
Right now, the challenge is selling off the store’s books . Ramsey said about 10,000 books in the retail store are listed online, but there is at least an additional 20,000 that are not listed online. It is the bulk of those 20,000 she is hoping to sell between now and Dec. 31. So the store is hosting several sales and discounts.
Beginning Dec. 5 (except for Christmas Day), the store will be open every day through the closing. The hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday all sales of $100 or more, will be discounted 50 percent.
The 11 Giles Bookstore is one of many small businesses in the region participating in Small Business Saturday, which is a national effort to get more people to shop locally during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. It’s the day after Black Friday, which tends to focus more in the major retailers.