The Bookcase, an independent Wayzata bookstore that has been in business for more than 50 years, will close soon.
Owner Charlie Leonard broke the news in an e-mail and on Facebook, telling customers that changing shopping habits, as well as local redevelopment and road construction, caused a dramatic drop in sales.
“It was a drop that we hoped we could weather,” Leonard wrote, “as we have a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for what the ‘new’ Wayzata is going to look like in a few years. But, in the end, we can no longer afford to stay in business.”
Leonard said the oldest Twin Cities independent bookstore will close its doors on Oct 18.