No Longer Davis-Kidd



The bookstore formerly known as Davis-Kidd has a new moniker. "We made the decision late yesterday [May 10th]," says marketing rep Carley Cianciolo. Henceforth the popular business and cultural center will be called The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

Neil Van Uum, whose now-bankrupt Joseph-Beth Booksellers chain bought the store in 1997,  negotiated a deal to buy it back from a large national liquidator who'd purchased at  auction two weeks ago.  But because the Davis-Kidd name rights were purchased by Booksellers Enterprises (the buyer of three other Joseph-Beth stores), Van Uum had to select  another name.

The new name is a fine fit, considering the store has been at Laurelwood Shopping Center since the mid-1980s — and also because Van Uum praised Laurelwood's president and owner, Tom Prewitt, for his support through the difficult days of bankruptcy and auction.

Cianciolo says, "The Davis-Kidd name has already been removed from our sign and we hope very soon to have new signage in place." She admits that seeing the long-familiar name disappear from the sign  made her sad. "But we're here, that's what matters," she says, then adds with a laugh, "We're trying to remember to answer the phone with the new name!"

Asked if anything else would change about the beloved East Memphis bookstore and gathering place, she says, "Not a thing, just the signage."

Add your comment:


901

The Memphis Magazine Staff Blog

About This Blog

"901" is the current affairs blog compiled by the staff of Memphis magazine, where readers can find breaking-news tidbits relating to all facets of life in the Bluff City. 

Regular participants include long-time Memphis editors such as Marilyn Sadler, Michael Finger, Jackson Baker, Frank Murtaugh, and Kenneth Neill, along with MBQ: Inside Memphis Business staffers Richard Alley and Anna Cox, and dining critic Pamela Denney.

"901" is the place where Memphis readers can "dial in" to find fresh reporting of recent developments in our city's political, economic, and cultural life.

Recent Posts

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the 901 Feed »