Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Last Page Turns: Nashville Legend Davis-Kidd Booksellers to Close

Posted by on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It's like they canceled Christmas and threw away the world's last cheeseburger. From E. Thomas Wood at

After serving Nashville for thirty years, Davis-Kidd Booksellers is closing its doors.

Cincinnati-based Joseph-Beth Group, which purchased the business from founders Karen Davis and Thelma Kidd in 1997, today announced the closure of the store, located in the Mall at Green Hills, as it filed a Chapter 11 reorganization petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court at Lexington, Ky.

"Davis-Kidd has been an institution in Nashville. It breaks my heart to have to close this store," said
Neil Van Uum, owner of The Joseph-Beth Group, in a prepared statement.

The announcement said inventory liquidation sales will begin in mid-November, continuing until the store closes in December.

Davis-Kidd is where I spent Friday nights as a teenager. Its symbolic loss to the city that hosts the Southern Festival of Books — "the Athens of the South" — is devastating. Goodbye, author signings and Nashville visits. Hello ... Amazon? Or is this the prime moment for a Grimey's of literature to step in and become Nashville's Square Books?

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