May 1, 2024 - News

Half Price Books on Broadway closes Sunday

Empty bookshelves next to still-full bookshelves.

Empty shelves stand alongside some still-full shelves at the Half Price Books location on Broadway ahead of the store's closing. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

Half Price Books will close its Broadway store by Brackenridge Park on Sunday after 45 years at the site.

Why it matters: The location, beloved by and iconic to many locals, is the chain's only store inside Loop 410 — with all other stores on the North or Northwest Side.

  • The next closest location is near North Star Mall.

Catch up quick: A developer bought the site, and the company did not reach an agreement on the lease with the new owner, store manager Anthony Velasquez tells Axios.

  • The Antiquarian Book Mart next door was also part of the purchase, and that store also will close this month, the Business Journal reported.

Zoom in: The Broadway store is unique and quirky compared to other Half Price Books locations, says Velasquez, who has worked at the site since 2015 and for the company since 1999.

  • "It has a nice old-school feel to it, it's an old house almost," he says.
  • The store also has two floors and an entrance out back, away from the street.

Fun fact: Shoppers downstairs hear the same radio that plays at all Half Price Books locations — but the upstairs always has classical music because the downstairs speaker system can't travel well in the old building, Velasquez says.

  • Half Price Books has been in the building since 1979, per Velasquez.

State of play: The store is already largely emptied, and the upstairs is closed to customers.

  • Rare books have already made their way to other locations in town.
  • But there are still some deals to be found.

What's next: The company is currently looking for other locations in San Antonio, Velasquez says — and it gets a lot of requests for stores on the South Side.

  • There's no guarantee another store will follow, but the company has its eyes out.
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