Murphy’s Used Books has decided to stay open after negotiating new lease terms with its landlord.

Lease negotiations, expanded subscription keep Murphy’s Used Books open

The company made popular for donating a book for every one sold announced last month that it planned to shut its doors because of lack of revenue from in-store sales. Operations only needed a third of the space, said Greg Murphy, owner of the store in a letter posted on the website.

But Friday morning Murphy posted another letter, saying the store would stay open at 2852 Wilmington Pike, including the same retail floor space filled with about 200,000 books.

»BIZ BEAT: Dorothy Lane Market to launch Love Cakes storefront

“Staying open is possible primarily because of the landlord’s openness to renegotiate the lease. They realize that we are a benefit to the complex and to the community at large,” Murphy told the Dayton Daily News.

It took a lot of back and forth, but the parties came to an agreement, Murphy said in his letter. Part of the changes include cutting back its hours to six days a week. It will no longer be open on Mondays starting Sept. 16 and will also be limiting hours the days it is open. Customers will find polls posted on Facebook in the upcoming weeks to help determine if the store will open an hour later or close an hour early, Murphy said.

No employees are losing there jobs with the cuts. A couple employees graduated and started other jobs in their career fields and of the remaining seven or eight employees, all who want to stay still have a job.

Other changes will be announced in the future, Murphy said, but told the Dayton Daily News that he also plans to beef up the company’s e-commerce business. The Murphy family sells books on Amazon and eBay that are too valuable to sell at discounts. They also operate a subscription where families can buy a bag of children’s books for $15 a month. That subscription program will be expanded to include books for adults.

»RELATED: Hurdles and headwinds: Here’s why local small grocery stores are closing

Retailers in general have struggled with changing consumer habits shifting online, especially book stores as people continue using e-readers and audio books. Bookstore sales have dropped more than 34 percent since 2010, according to data from the American Booksellers Association.

Murphy’s books focuses on selling used books, having a constantly changing inventory. For every book bought, the store donates one to someone who needs it.

“Shopping local is important to our communities, but we think our store is a unique opportunity to find low prices, a great selection, and the knowledge that for every book you buy, we give one away to people that need them in our communities and around the country,” Murphy said.

FIVE FAST READS

The steps Connor Betts took to commit Ohio’s largest mass shooting

Kettering book store to go out of business

Local Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body call center hiring 2K seasonal workers

PHOTOS: More than 2K UD freshmen move in

Three more local stores set to close after national retailer liquidates

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X