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Final chapter for Dutton's bookstore as owner announces last day

February 25, 2008 |  8:18 am

Dutton_jbs27bnc_3 After months of upheaval and uncertainty, Dutton's bookstore, Brentwood's beloved literary center, is closing. Last chapter, last page, final word, covers closed. Done.

Expect plenty of crying and moaning and gnashing of teeth, including from folks with Costco bestsellers on their nightstands and Amazon.com boxes in the recycling. Here's the start of Doug Dutton's memo - that's Doug in the photo - which describes the series of body blows his store just couldn't survive:

As our regular customers and friends well know, the past year for the store has been one of upheaval and turmoil. Hard on the heels of the closure of the Dutton’s Beverly Hills location came word that the Brentwood property had changed ownership, and the new owner, Charles T. Munger, announced plans to redevelop the property.

The multiple uncertainties of the bookstore’s future, combined with the encumbrances associated with the closure of the Beverly Hills store have crippled the store’s ability to provide the kind of immediate service and depth of inventory that our customers have come to rightly expect.

Full text on Dutton's website, where the motto "Serving the greater Brentwood community for over twenty years" leaves you wondering why Dutton's itself wasn't better served. (Shelf Awareness is the first litblog to weigh in.) Last day is April 30.

Worst thing? The flock of people who will step foot into the place for the very first time in search of going-out-of-business bargains.

-- Veronique de Turenne

PHOTO: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times