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Wrigley-Cross Books goes virtual

09/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Portland, Oregon's favourite science fiction and fantasy book store is closing its physical store as it feels the heat from the web. They're going on as an online operation, though.

"It is with great regret that Wrigley-Cross Books announces the intent to close our brick and mortar store. We will however, continue in the book trade via the internet, our mailed catalog, conventions and shows, as well as sales from our Troutdale home," said owners Paul Wrigley & Debbie Cross.

They went on to explain: "Unfortunately, the realities of the marketplace no longer make high overhead storefronts a viable option. At its best, bookselling has never been a high profit business. Now with more and more customers turning to the convenience of the internet and big box stores, we have faced slowly decreasing in-store sales for several years. As much as we hated to do so, we had to finally admit that if we want to stay in the book business, we have to so in a more cost effective way."

On their continuing existence as a virtual op, they had this to say: "On the bright side, we look forward to continuing to offer high quality stock to our loyal customers. We will continue to carry a large selection of small press, import, and out-of-print genre titles. We will also continue to carry a selection of high quality general stock. Please feel free to contact us if there are forthcoming books from major publishers that you would like us to order for you."

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