Half Price Books in Rice Village set to close its doors

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The Rice Village location of Half Price Books is set to close its doors in March.

The Rice Village location of Half Price Books is set to close its doors in March.

Photo: Courtesy

The Rice Village location of Half Price Books is set to close its doors in March.

The Rice Village location of Half Price Books is set to close its doors in March.

Photo: Courtesy

Half Price Books in Rice Village set to close its doors

The Rice Village location of Half Price Books is set to close its doors in March.

“The rent cost in the area has gone up. We’re at the point that we can no longer afford to stay in that location,” said Emily Bruce, a representative for the Dallas-based company.

The store, which opened in 1981, is located at 2537 University Blvd. in a two-story building that was formerly occupied by a clothing store, rock ‘n’ roll club and theater co-op, according to Rice Village store manager Veronica Wilkerson.

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“We’re all pretty upset,” Wilkerson said. “And some of the people in the community have come in to tell us they’re upset. Their families brought them when they were young children and the store has been part of their lives since.”

Over the years several celebrities have reportedly walked through the store’s front doors, including Michael Jackson and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

The five other Houston-area locations of Half Price Books, including outposts in Montrose and Clear Lake, will remain open, Bruce said.

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