Marcus Books locked out

Eviction notice on the locked door of Marcus Books at 1712 Fillmore Street.

Eviction notice on the locked door of Marcus Books at 1712 Fillmore Street.

THE LONG FIGHT to keep Marcus Books in its historic home on Fillmore Street reached another milestone — and perhaps its conclusion — when the new owners of the building locked out the owners of the bookstore May 6. An eviction notice was posted by Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

In an open letter emailed to supporters, the owners of the bookstore wrote:

“It was difficult to know what to tell you about our struggle to stay in our building, its winding path of lawyers and judges and protests and promises, hopes and gravities made it difficult to report our status on a curved road. But the current property owner has changed the locks to the door of 1712 Fillmore Street.”

Read the full letter

EARLIER: “We are refusing to let Marcus Books close

  • David Kaye

    It’s not an anti-Black move; it’s the fact that people buy book on Amazon and bookstores can’t survive. Even the big guys can’t survive. Anybody remember Crown Books? Borders Books? SF’s Adobe Books had to become a worker-owned co-op and had to move 8 blocks in order to survive. Modern Times Bookstore also had to move many blocks and reduce its size in order to stay in business.

    And what is Marcus Books doing in the Fillmore anyway, hanging onto a long-ago dream? Black people don’t live in the Fillmore anymore. Why not move the store to where they DO live? Businesses don’t survive on memories; they survive on what’s happening NOW. And Marcus Books ain’t where it’s happening.

  • Helenofreims

    Don’t say heritage or historical. Ordeals Marcus bookstore independent as many default. Former attractions not satisfaction. To consumers experience another. Closure angered when speak. Lack of knowledge of finance. Karen tell us what aspired to. Lose your building? Hello, don’t say gentrification of neighborhood. Keep it exclusive your inept business. Decisions found you to be extremely. Rude to certain clients yes French woman. Whom disputed you on Blacks rationalizing. Your case now disgrace. Business community were is unity? Renowned bookstore whom merchandise.

    Lose valor to online and Hip Hop. Majority youth in Fillmore neighborhood. Couldn’t comprehend the knowledge conveyed. Marcus Books Karen don’t say race! Europeans were customers on African studies. Whom purchase the building. Cultural gentrification in Fillmore since. Rentals cheaper non Black. Since majority on narcotics. Karen you lost your college enrolled. Son yes,aspiring to financial trader! Gangs killed him 1990, envy don’t. Say evil non African origin. Balloon loan how?

    Somali looking to become voice. L.A and San Francisco displacing whom. Those not able incomes. Marcus Book staff including Karen’s. Daughters rude to independent Africans. Willingness of Black solidarity only jargon. Guess for Carters find another. Location outside Fillmore once. Predominate majority those entrenched upon. Homogenous candor
    bygone era. Diversity what Blacks decry Somali’s. African origin war torn divided. Nation of rag a tag pirates! Not racial I know Karen. Never understand color folks invokes. Racism honey French assisted many. AfroFrench in Reims,LeHarve,Nice,Lyon and Toulouse. Merci Karen bought allot books. From you have to be critical what. Happen to you find another. Location this time you purchase. Your lease so many brokers. To assist you broaden. Cultural studies include France and Somalia! Laugh.