Thursday, May 25, 2006

Is There Any Hope for Cody's Bookstore?

A group is forming to try and save Cody’s on Telegraph, similar to the successful attempt made last year to keep open Kepler’s in Menlo Park.

Berkeley City Councilman Kriss Worthington is working with the group, which plans to hold a meeting on June 8, according to an article in the Oakland Tribune.

Owner Andy Ross announced a few weeks ago that the flagship Cody’s would close in July because it had lost more than $1 million in recent years.

The news spurred the city to pledge to clean up Telegraph Avenue, which has long been a favorite hang out for hippies, runaways, homeless people as well as students from Cal.

Berkeley is promising to clean the street more frequently, improve lighting, and streamline the requirements for new business permits.

Andy Ross told the Tribune he welcomes any attempts to keep the store open, but
“I don't have a solution. It's going to have to come from outside."

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