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Market Fresh Books Closing Taylor St. Store That Sold Books By The Pound

By DNAinfo Staff | March 14, 2017 4:56am
 Market Fresh Books is closing its Taylor Street lcation.
Market Fresh Books is closing its Taylor Street lcation.
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LITTLE ITALY — A used bookstore on Taylor Street that sold books by the pound is closing its doors — and offering some steep discounts.

Market Fresh Books, which opened in 2013 at 1076 W. Taylor St., has posted signs that it is closing soon.

Worker Kate Newport on Saturday said the store will focus on its main store in Evanston.

"There was not enough business here," Newport said. "The store in Evanston does really well."

Books normally sell for $5.99 a pound, but are now going for half off. In addition, the store's 99-cent books are going for 50 cents.

DVDs are also half off and going for $2, while CDs are priced at $2.

The store is open from noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, although customers have complained the hours were inconsistent and at times they showed up with bags of books for sale but couldn't get in.

Newport wasn't sure when the store was closing for good but said it would likely be within the next two weeks. Store owner Paul Frischer couldn't be reached for comment.

When he opened the store with his wife, Susan, four years ago, they said they hoped to draw on the area’s student population, especially with the shop’s focus on popular reading material and textbooks, which they also buy.

“We're really, really aggressive about paying well for in-demand textbooks,” Frischer said at the time.

[DNAinfo/Chloe Riley]