Powell’s Books is now open! Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6pm

Powell’s Books is now open! Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6pm

After months of being closed, Powell’s Books reopened its doors to customers at Cedar Hills Crossing.

The bookstore in March closed all five of its Portland-area stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, later laying off the “vast majority” of its employees, with owner Emily Powell describing the decision as “unthinkable”.

In July, Powell announced that the location at Portland International Airport would be closed permanently, effective immediately.

“Closing the airport store is a sad necessity as we face the months ahead,” Powell said. “The privilege of welcoming book lovers to Portland, and sending Portlanders off on their travels with a good book in hand, has been a true gift… we hope to return one day.”

In early August, Powell’s Books announced the Cedar Hills Crossing location would be the first to reopen for the company, albeit with limited hours from 12 p.m. through 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Powell said she believes the Cedar Hills Crossing location has the best chance of covering its expenses and meeting the critical goal of bringing in additional revenue.

“We believe we can open the store while keeping employees and customers safe,” Powell said. “Through the careful opening of one location, Powell’s is excited to welcome back book lovers while keeping safety as the top priority.”

There were no immediate timelines to reopen the other Powell’s Books locations. The independent bookstore continues to sell products online at powells.com and offer contact-free store pickup.

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