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March 27, 2014

Last chapter for Derby Books

Iconic Salem store to close in April after 39 years


“We don’t have enough space here for that,” Monroe said.

The tentative closing date for Derby Books is April 17. The Monroes have reached an agreement to sell their books and fixtures to a woman who plans to open a new bookstore at the same site. Those plans are not final.

As the clock winds down, Derby Books is holding a clearance sale and drawing crowds, especially on weekends — or as big a crowd as the little store can handle.

“We try to limit the number of people in the store to 10 or a dozen,” Monroe said. “We just say, ‘Come back in a few minutes.’”

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