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    Beloved Book Soup Bookstore in West Hollywood is for Sale

    Joel Sheldon, owner of Book Soup Bookstore in West Hollywood and two Vroman’s Book stores in Pasadena, announced today that he plans to sell the stores. At almost 80 years old, Sheldon wrote via social media platforms that, “It’s time to begin the process of retiring and finding new ownership outside of the Sheldon family, which has been the steward of the stores for over 100 years. Vroman’s deserves new ownership with the vision, energy, and commitment necessary to take it successfully into the future. We will take the time needed to find the right new ownership…”

    In a @booksoup Instagram post, the business announce that they are excited about the opportunities of the future and new ownership and they are definitely not closing. “We appreciate your support in-person and online and we ❤️ this community of West Hollywood and the world famous Sunset Strip!”

    Book Soup employees unionized in 2022. Vroman’s voluntarily recognized its employees’ union, making it a big victory for the dozen or so booksellers who will be represented.

    The official online statement on their intent to sell is below:

    To our Book Soup Customers and Community:

    Book Soup has been a part of the Southern California bookselling community for nearly 50 years. Founded by Glenn Goldman in 1975, the

    “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous” counts legions of writers, readers, celebrities, artists, and musicians as a part of its storied history. When Glenn passed away in 2009, Vroman’s Bookstore was proud to continue his legacy and vision on the iconic Sunset Strip.

    Both Vroman’s and Book Soup have had the privilege of inspiring imaginations and providing connections and community for generations.

    Vroman’s current chairman, Joel Sheldon, will turn 80 this year and as he prepares to retire he is seeking new ownership for both Vroman’s and Book Soup. Joel believes the stores deserve new ownership with the vision, energy, and dedication necessary to take them successfully into the future.

    While we don’t yet know who the new owner will be, our goal is to find someone who is dedicated to our employees and customers and who is committed to preserving Book Soup and Vroman’s for their communities.

    We will do everything possible to maintain business as usual while we go through the process of identifying the right new ownership. We made it through the height of the pandemic thanks to your support and need your continued support to help us successfully transition to new ownership and ensure the future of Book Soup.

    Thank you to the many booksellers who have passed through the doors over the years. Book Soup would not have the legacy it does, without you.

    While this may be a time of some uncertainty, it is also a time for optimism and excitement for the future. We can all look forward to the possibilities.

    For more information, please email: [email protected]

    With deep appreciation,

    Book Soup”

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kiss it
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    30 days ago

    Hello, Let’s get the books out !and let’s get a bar in here! Buy a drink get a book!

    Natasha
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    1 month ago

    In my opinion if you treat your employees well there is no need for any union. I find it odd that a family owned small business book store chain would unionize. This is quite bizarre. I would never buy this small business with union employees. I hope he finds a buyer but I can’t see someone wanting to negotiate with a union for such a small business. Maybe someone can enlighten me why their employees felt it was necessary to join a union.

    Resident
    Resident
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    1 month ago

    Probably because they unionize is not sustainable anymore…

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    No. Probably because the owner is 80 and wants to retire.

    ConcernedAF
    ConcernedAF
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    1 month ago

    The business is for sale. Not for closure. People on social media are so dramatic.

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