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Bookshop Benicia to leave Southampton Shopping Center

Book store to open on First Street.

owner Christine Mayall, confirmed that her store is moving to 636 First Street. “We just signed our lease,” Mayall said Tuesday. 

“We probably won't get in there until early August” Mayall said. “It depends on how quickly we can do things, but (the Southampton) store is going to keep going gangbusters until that actual day.” 

Mayall cited a number of reasons for the move, the primary one being that her lease is scheduled to expire. “I opted not to renew,” the store owner said. “I think that four (businesses) in a row opting to leave says enough, you don't need to say anymore.”

The exit of Bookshop Benicia will create a row of four vacant storefronts in Southampton Shopping Center.

Mayall said that her first inclination was to allow the lease to expire and close the store. “The amount of rent we had to pay up here has hurt us so badly that we were ready to close the doors,” Mayall said. 

“But then I kind of got excited about moving." 

“I realized I really love what I'm doing, I love having a book store, I love all the people who come in here...I've always wanted to try downtown so it was a great opportunity," Mayall said.  

Mayall, who has owned Bookshop Benicia since 1993, said the the business has endured a lot of changes, including changes in the economy, changes in retail and changes in the book-world and how books are purchased. 

“But,” she said, “we find there's a lot of people out there that still like shopping at bookstores, and we want to offer them a home.

Robert Livesay July 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Couple hours late Rev. Straw
Roger Straw July 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It's good for readers to hear from Mr. Giuliani here. So I posted news above of his timely response to my inquiry. I included a few new facts - that he'd spoken with Weingarten yesterday, that the dates for a meeting are still tentative, that he will report to the EDB after the meeting. How about if we agree to let this be about Benicia and the shopping center, not about ourselves? Seems like we might all pull together on this one!
Robert Livesay July 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Rev Straw you are right. How about giving someone else credit for maybe being on top of this also. I do know what goes on this city. Much more than you might think Rev Straw. Is it not about time to let others know that maybe I do now what I am talking about. Can you do that Rev Straw?
D July 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I am soooo happy that Bookshop Benicia is staying in business. Christine, Stephanie, and the others have worked hard to make it the great little independent bookstore that it is. The atmosphere is pleasant and friendly. If they don't have it, they'll order it and get it within a couple of days. The only downside I see in the move is the lack of parking on 1st St. It would be nice if the Mayor & company would do something to fix that ongoing issue that has been a problem from YEARS!
Stan Houston July 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Roger or anyone wanting history, facts, and other info regarding the Southampton Center and Weingarten - call me. 746-7565

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