You don’t often hear of bookstores expanding.
That’s probably why Carl Ashford, co-owner of Jackson Street Booksellers, is met with astonished customers when they learn his bookstore in the Old Market sprawled into the adjacent retail bay to the east last month.
Responses have been positive. “I think people are surprised that any bookstore is expanding,” Ashford said.
The expansion was necessary because the store “had become too crowded and too teetering,” he said. Plus, there were too many books that couldn’t be displayed due to a lack of room.
The new space is a former party room used by Passport Restaurant, which closed last year, Ashford said.
July will mark 20 years in business for Jackson Street Booksellers, which sells used, rare and out of print books.