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Globe Corner Bookstore closing in Harvard Square after 29 years

Posted by Brock Parker  June 1, 2011 06:52 PM

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The president of The Globe Corner Bookstore has announced that he will close the 29-year-old store in Harvard Square at the end of June, but will continue operating the company’s online store.

The announcement Tuesday came about six months after company president Patrick Carrier announced he was seeking to sell the map and specialty shop, as well as the online store, after being diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

Carrier said there have been a number of inquiries and several offers from prospective buyers, but “none met our requirements for selling the business.”

While Carrier has decided to close the Harvard Square shop at the end of the month, he said discussions continue with prospective buyers of the company’s online store, www.globecorner.com.

“Thank you to the 2-million plus customers who have shopped in our stores since 1982,” Carrier said in a press release announcing the store closing. “We can not fully express our gratitude to all who have shared their enthusiasm for discovery and adventure with us and with fellow travelers.

Carrier opened and began running the Globe Corner Bookstore in 1982 for its original owner, Affiliated Publications, then the parent company of The Boston Globe.

The original store was located in Downtown Crossing.

Affiliated opened another location on Church Street in Cambridge in 1988. Then, in 1992, Carrier bought the Boston store, plus the Cambridge location, from the bookstore's second corporate owner, McCaw Cellular Communications, which had formerly been partly owned by Affiliated. Carrier opened a third location in Back Bay in 1993.

The Downtown Crossing and Back Bay locations were closed in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and in 2006 the Harvard Square store moved into the space it currently occupies at 90 Mount Auburn St. Carrier said he also wanted to thank Harvard University for its support, which he said enabled the store to stay in the square for more than two decades.

A number of local bookstores have closed or announced they were for sale in recent months. As Globe columnist Alex Beam noted this week, New England Mobile Book Store in Newton is up for sale.

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