Landlord Closes the Book on Modern Times Bookstore

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Apr 7, 2011  |  Updated 9:55 AM PDT
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Landlord Closes the Book on Modern Times Bookstore

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Customers browse through Modern Times Bookstore. Photo: Steve Rhodes on Flickr

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Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco's Mission district had been looking for a little help from its friends, but it turned out its landlord was its undoing.

The employee-owned cooperative bookstore is being pushed out of the storefront it has operated out of for 20 years by its landlord.

In a message posted on its website, Modern Times tells customers that it has been told by its landlord to vacate the building it currently operates out of on 888 Valencia St. in the City by April 30.

But the store says it will not be closing the chapter on its 40 year history in the neighborhood.
Modern Times says it is working on securing a new lease in a new location but that could be a few months out.

"We had hoped to continue in our current space month to month until a permanent space was ready, but this is no longer an option,"a post on the bookstore's website said. "Over the last year, we were led to believe by our landlords that we could negotiate an extension on our lease so that the time line of this transition would be more contiguous."

Until then, Modern Times says it will look for a temporary location and inform its fans of its whereabouts via Facebook.

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