Adobe Books will host its moving party Saturday. Owners of the bookstore, located on 16th Street, decided to relocate after 25 years because of a rent increase.
In preparation for the move, employees gave piles of books away for free or in return for donations, and sold bags of books for $5 each. Store associate Jimmy Flowers described the heaps of free books on the street as “broken dreams,” and compared them to people and businesses in the community that have been forced “to get out of the city because of the high rents.”
In addition to moving, owner Andrew McKinley changed his business model to that of a cooperative, like Mission businesses Rainbow Groceries and Arizmendi Bakery. The store will have a fresh stock of books in English and Spanish.
The new Adobe Books will open July 1 at 3130 24th Street, and will do business from 10-8 p.m. daily.