Flyer Flashback

| March 19, 2009
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To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

During this week in 1992, longtime Flyer staffer (now senior editor) John Branston reported that two discount bookstores — Taylors and Bookstar — planned to open locations in Memphis.

Taylors wanted to open a location in the Regalia Center, and Bookstar, which specializes in remodeling old movie theaters, planned to open its second area location in Poplar Plaza.

"The superstores tout their book selection, newsstands, and discount prices every day, even on new titles that can run $25 or more at full price. And they promise the same level of service as smaller independents," Branston wrote.

Local independent booksellers were understandably nervous.

"I guess each one of us smaller bookstores is going to have to find our own niche," Burke's owner Harriette Beeson was quoted as saying.

It appears they did. Regional bookseller Davis-Kidd is still thriving in Laurelwood, and Burke's moved from its home on Poplar to a space in Cooper-Young.

And we don't know what happened to Taylors — as we've never even heard of it — but Bookstar is still in Poplar Plaza.

Mary Cashiola

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