Blue Frog Books in Genoa Township closing if no buyer found soon

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Blue Frog Books is for sale. In an announcement on Facebook, the owners posted the following statement:

We regret to inform our friends, family, and customers that we have decided to end our involvement in Blue Frog Books. This is both a family decision and a monetary one. With the addition of a baby in our family, it has really stretched us thin. Rob will continue the photo side of the business and will offer his services directly to each customer as needed. (More info coming soon on this)

Now for the good news! We have built a wonderful little gem in our community, and we are offering to sell the existing business with inventory and fixtures for someone else to continue on with. We hope we have shown how nice it is to have an independent bookstore in the area again, and, that someone will jump at the opportunity to walk right in and start selling books on day 1. However, if we do not get an offer right away, we will have no choice but to close the store.

We feel the store has great potential and, if allowed to grow, it will be a pillar of our community for generations to come. Unfortunately, the reality is, WE vastly over-estimated our first year sales estimates, as newbies tend to do, and with adjustment and a new plan for year two, it still was not enough to pay all the debts down and provide the level of inventory turnover needed to make this work for us, and for you. Now, we are faced with very tough decisions regarding our options and focus.

Do not let our dream fade away. Every community deserves a place like this. The customer base is still growing and we feel, with the passion from a new owner, and our help starting out, this business will thrive in a growing Genoa Township. We have a great new landlord with plans to open up the frontage, large “anchor stores”, excellent parking, multiple exits, a traffic light for busy times, a very good maintenance crew, a good township and county to work with, a new hospital and other plans for the Latson exchange area, and everything in place for you to start tomorrow. Given everything we know now, we would stay here, if we could. We simply ran out of time. If you have ever dreamed of owning a little bookstore, do not hesitate, this could be your best chance. Please call if interested. 517-552-6080

Business as usual and a time to say goodbye:

We will still have our next few events, but will not be booking any more. Please come and join us for our last hurrah(s).

Saturday, June 4, 1-3pm – Our final event will be with Randy Pearson, with his new collection of short stories, “Tell Me A Story” which will also be our last “Shop for a Cause Event” from 12-4pm. We will be partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Livingston. We will have a reading from Randy, snacks, drinks, and a rep from BBBS to help answer your questions about their program.

For more information, check out the Blue Frog website.
Keep up on Blue Frog Books on Facebook by clicking here.

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