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For Sale: Porter Square Books


This article first appeared in Shelf Awareness

With most of its owners of retirement age and the business “healthy and vibrant,” Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Mass., has put itself up for sale.

“We’ve really been able to establish Porter Square Books as a vital community institution,” store president Carol Stoltz said. “We have embraced e-books, author events, sidelines and even a cafe–all things a successful book store needs to have in the 21st century.”

The 4,500-square-foot store is, Stoltz said, “in excellent condition, with ample shelf space and wide, easily navigated aisles.” In addition, Porter Square has become a popular area, with many new stores and plenty of parking.

Besides Stoltz, who heads the children’s department, Porter Square Books owners include manager Dale Szczeblowski, personnel manager Jane Dawson and buyer Jane Jacobs. The store was founded in 2004, when some of the staff at the Concord Bookshop, Concord, Mass., left and set up shop in Cambridge.

Paul Siegenthaler of Ridge Hill Partners, a boutique merger and acquisition intermediary firm, is representing Porter Square Books. Siegenthaler was the broker for the sales of Harvard Book Store, Wellesley Booksmith and New England Mobile Book Fair. He may be reached at paul@ridgehillpartners.com or 781-453-9984.

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