Updated 4:31Â pm, Monday, September 25, 2017
Aardvark Books, an independent San Francisco store that has been in business for nearly four decades, will close in the new year.
Michael Jacomella, the storeâ€™s clerk, said that the storeâ€™s owner is selling its building at 227 Church St. The store will be open through the end of January, Jacomella said by phone.
â€œItâ€™s a beloved place,â€ he said of the shop, where he has worked for roughly six years. â€œWe all have to think about our future now,â€ he said of the storeâ€™s seven employees, five of whom are full-time workers.
Aardvark, which sells new and used books, opened in 1978. Itâ€™s in a busy commercial district, just off Market Street. Owen, a 10- or 11-year-old cat, is a popular attraction for customers; he usually curls up by (or on top of) the storeâ€™s window display.
Once Aardvark closes, Dog Eared Books Castro will be the only bookstore in the neighborhood. Books Inc., the independent chain, closed its 21-year-old store, at 2275 Market St., last year. A Different Light Bookstore, a gay-oriented store, shut its doors in 2011.
â€œWeâ€™re not really making any profit here,â€ Jacomella said. â€œWeâ€™re covering the bills, but we wouldnâ€™t be here now if he [John Hadreas] didnâ€™t own the building.â€
â€œThe cityâ€™s changing,â€ Jacomella said. â€œIn this immediate area, there are condos going up everywhere. Itâ€™s becoming a condo canyon.â€