Ames Bookstore owners Gerry and Adele Bunker have announced their plans to step away from the book-selling business and say they hope they can find a buyer who will keep what they consider a local landmark operating for those who love books.
The Bunkers have owned the bookstore, located at 309 Neal St., in Grass Valley, since 2005. The business, which began in Whittier, Calif., in 1968, was moved to Grass Valley by owners Dick and Dolores Slavin in 1988.
“It’s now time for us to move on,” the Bunkers said in a news release. “It would be sad to see this wonderful place shut down after so many years of operation here.
“If we can find a local buyer who will purchase the entire book inventory and keep the store open, we will not sell the inventory to a used book broker and close the operation.”
Adele Bunker said when the previous owners announced their intention to sell, it piqued her interest to the point of stopping by the store.
“I saw something in the newspaper that Ames Bookstore was for sale, and I said, ‘I’m going to look into it,’ and (Gerry) said, ‘You’re nuts!’ But after I went over, he did, too.
“We’re looking for someone to take it over. We absolutely love the place. It’s been here so long that we really want to see it carry on in the community … That’s what happened with us. We just fell in love with the place.”
Contact Adele Bunker at 530-205-8894 for information.