PARKERSBURG - Trans Allegheny Books, a landmark in Parkersburg for 25 years, is closing after a three-day sale next weekend, an owner said Tuesday.
The book store will be open on Oct. 15 to 17 when thousands of new and used books will be offered at a greatly reduced price, said Lynne Brooks of Columbus, a minority owner of the shop established in 1985 by the late Joseph Sakach, who died in April.
"It's definitely going to be closed, but we're going to have to first go through a liquidation process," Brooks said.
Trans Allegheny Books at 725 Green St. is closing after a three-day sale Oct. 15 to 17, said Lynne Brooks of Columbus. The store is owned by Brooks and her brother, Mike Sakach, the children of the late Joseph Sakach, who died in April. Sakach established the store in 1985. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)
The book store at 725 Green St. is in the former Carnegie Library, which was built in 1905 from a $34,000 gift from steel tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The business is owned by Brooks and her brother, Mike Sakach, the executor of the estate, but the building is owned by Lea Sakach, their stepmother.
"The building is a separate entity," Brooks said.
Bob Enoch, president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society, was disappointed with the loss of the book store, which didn't surprise him, but worries about what will happen to the old library.
"My concern now is what happens to the building," he said.
The book store will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Brooks said.
A decision has yet to be made on the stock remaining after the sale, Brooks said.
The decision was difficult, Brooks said. Books and history were her father's passion.
The book store contained more than 500,000 volumes, including numerous books about West Virginia and Appalachia written by local and regional authors. It was one of the largest used book stores in the Midwest and is a tourist draw in Parkersburg.
While its tourist numbers were dwarfed by larger attractions, such as Fenton Art Glass, Trans Allegheny's clientele were a good fit for what Parkersburg offers, said Steve Nicely, president of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"It's very disappointing," Nicely said. "It was a unique attraction that we're going to miss."