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Bookstore closing after 83 years in business

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s 1930. Herbert Hoover is president, a gallon of gas is 10-cents and the average cost of a new car is $640.

This was the setting for the grand opening of Aladdin Book Shoppe.

Sadly, 83 years later, this shop around the corner has reached its final chapter.

Paula Walker is one of the owners.

Due to some health problems, she says she is not able to keep the store open anymore.

Two of the owners must undergo major surgery next month.

Walker said, “It has taken us six months to get our heads around the fact that if it did not sell we were going to have to close it and it has not sold.”

Walker is a retired librarian and books are her passion.

A store full of treasures and memories will be missed.

“It’s got first editions, along with collectables and then it’s got the latest things too. So it’s been a good friend,” said Richard Bruner. “In this age of iPhones and iBooks and iPads there’s nothing quite like the smell of walking into a bookstore.”

Walker is still hoping someone will buy her bookstore and keep it open.

As the July 31 deadline creeps closer, she’s afraid this story is coming to an end.

She said, “It`s about relationships that will be missed, that will be missed.”

Everything in the store is deeply discounted as they’re trying to sell it all by the July 31 deadline.

After that, it will all be donated.

If you’re interested in buying Aladdin Book Shoppe, you can simply call the store at (405)-942-2665.