ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Menaul Book Exchange in Albuquerque is closing its doors after 48 years in business, according to a post made online by the bookstore.

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The post said the gently used bookstore on Menual Boulevard NE near Eubank Boulevard NE is closing because the building is being sold. “While they offered to let us stay in part of it, it’s going to become the base of a construction company, and Dorothy decided it was time to retire,” the online post read in part. Dorothy Scrivner has owned Menaul Book Exchange since 1998.

She says increased competition with digital book sales and crime around the neighborhood were other factors pushing her to move on. 

“In the last 10 years, business has been slow. I couldn’t have any employees, so I haven’t had a vacation since 1994, I just want to have some time for myself to enjoy,”  said Dorothy Scrivner owner of Menaul Book Exchange.

Customers are still coming in for one last experience. 

“There going to lose years worth of books and a good person that knew how to find things for you,” said Nola Gilmore, customer for years.

The bookstore is selling all books for $5 a bag. New books are half the original cover price. The store is set to close on Sept. 8 or sooner if everything is sold before then. The owners said they are thankful for all the customers who visited over the years and that they are “heartbroken” about closing. “We’ll miss being a part of your lives and you being a part of ours,” the owners wrote.

The bookstore has been posting updates about its remaining inventory on Twitter. Click here to see the posts.