When we got a email entitled “Robin’s Bookstore 18th and Chestnut to close doors forever,” we got sad and scared all at once. But it turns out the venerable shop — sole owner of the bragging rights “oldest independent book store in Philadelphia” — is simply leaving its beloved 1837 Chestnut location behind and consolidating literary power at its 108 S. 13th (at Sansom) location. Which is still sad, but at least it’s not the end of Robin’s as a whole.
Says manager Paul Hogan, not to be confused with this guy or with boisterous owner Larry Robin (pictured at left):
While it saddens me to be closing after 32 years, this is not a retreat. Our purpose is to consolidate, improve, and expand our services and to remain a successful independent bookstore for many years to come.
The doors will close Friday, Sept. 28. Pop in today and this weekend, though, to snag 80% off list prices and 50% off sale prices. (That’s us in PR mode, by the way.)