Ukazoo Books closing to make way for online sales storageWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo’s Ukazoo Books will close Aug. 16 to make room for book storage for Discover Books, the online reseller that bought the company last year.
“They’ve grown so much, they need that space. Their accountants have deemed it’s more profitable for the company as a whole,” said Ukazoo General Manager Edward Whitfill. “It really is a shame. We built a good store here.”
Ukazoo, which sells new and used books, opened in a converted warehouse in Toledo in January 2012. Discover Books acquired the business in September 2012 and decided to use the Toledo location to use the space to store books for its online sales, Whitfill said.
There are still Ukazoo locations in Southgate, Mich., and Towson, Md. Whitfill also manages those locations.
Whitfill said he would consider opening a new Ukazoo in Toledo one day, but it’s too soon to say.
“Retail is still an option, just not that space,” Whitfill said. “Maybe in a few years, but I can’t say. The future is tough to tell.”
Ukazoo Books is located at 830 N. Westwood Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.ukazoo.com or facebook.com/UkazooToledo or call (419) 537-2665.