Kepler's Books to close for six weeks

Store closes on July 1 for renovation

As part of the ongoing effort to open a new chapter at Kepler's Books, the iconic Menlo Park bookstore will close for six weeks starting July 1. Plans are to use the downtime to remodel the store, located at 1010 El Camino Real, said spokesman Patrick Corman.

Look for a new layout and fresh inventory when the store reopens. Staff will also have new computer systems and training, according to

Author readings scheduled for July will be relocated or postponed if possible, otherwise the store might open its doors briefly for specific events, the website said.

Meanwhile, the store will continue to sell books online.

Transition team leader Praveen Madan, a partner of Booksmith in San Francisco and Berkeley Arts and Letters, announced a fundraising campaign in May that aimed to raise $1 million by the end of summer. So far donors have contributed $650,000.

The long-term goal is to create a for-profit, community-owned bookstore alongside a nonprofit organization that offers an expanded slate of author events, workshops, and other resources. With that in mind, the transition team set about eliminating about $1 million in old debt and streamlining operations so that the bookstore is already making a small profit, according to Mr. Madan.


Posted by guest, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

"Closed for Remodeling" is a ploy that signals a tenant grasping for time to fend off a landlord evicting them.

Posted by Fred, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I hope they can re-open and their customer base doesn't drift away.

Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ooooh, guest, you'd better watch out! There's a frequent commenter who'll come after you for potentially harming a business by posting speculative theories - you're supposed to take the business owner at their word, you know, and not be suspicious that they may not be telling the public the whole story about their business.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

No way Kepler can bring back the 60s when books were King. He might make it as a coffee shop/computer center.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Sorry to disappoint the area's ghouls. Kepler's is indeed remodeling. It was bought out several months ago, and will reopen at the end of summer with the same name, different business model. Construction work begins in early July.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

It is amazing that PA has only one book store

The small but very good on in Town and Country Village.

Even the last 2nd hand book store on California Ave is closing

Apart TCV we use the Stanford Book Store on campus-

-we like to browse before we buy-.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

You wrote that "we like to browse before we buy." I hope you don't JUST browse at local bookstores, then actually buy all of your books online. That is why local bookstores are disappearing.

Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Don't forget Bell' excellent bookstore.

Posted by Just Guessing, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Neighbor: "different business model"
Translation (borrowing from Walter E Wallis): Coffee shop/computer center/bookstore (/laundramat???)

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

Sorry Mr./Ms. "Just Guessing" --- you're guessing is just plain wrong.

This news story again is NOT a fabrication. The store has a new owner. His new business model is behind the remodeling of the written business plan and the physical appearance of the store. Over the last several months, Kepler's has reduced it's old stock and ordered more to support the new store model.

Read the story again or go into the Kepler's this week and ask about the project, or go to Web Link

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