Another local business has closed on Broad Street, this time because of “an opportunity that I can’t afford not to take.”
So says Alan Crocker, who opened Paradise Lost used book store at 407 Broad St. a decade ago and rebranded to Alan’s Used Books in August 2015. With loyal assistant and store window candy Cormac McKitty, Crocker has been swapping books — some for store credit, text books for cash, etc. — with a pretty intense local following.
But things changed recently, as he states in this post on his website:
I know this is sudden, trust me it’s sudden for me too. I’ve gotten an opportunity that I can’t afford not to take and Cormac and I will be moving by the end of June.
Until then I’m no longer buying or trading books (aside from textbooks); I’m still honoring all store credit, and I am open to any reasonable offers as far as inventory, shelves, and fixtures.
I have loved living and working in this town while it’s been kind enough to let me call it home. Rome is a really special place and nobody could have asked for more wonderful neighbors, customers, and friends than you have all been to me. There are so many familiar faces I’m going to miss and I hope you all have a chance to see Cormac and me before we go.
In fact, it happened faster than he expected. The closing sale quickly cleaned the store and even some of the equipment. He apologized for the abrupt closing but said the inventory was just about gone. A recent Facebook post concluded: “Leaving this town, this bookstore and this community is really painful no matter what might be ahead for me.”