Diesel bookstore owners Alison Reid and John Evans sent an August 8 letter to customers telling them that their well-known and respected bookstore in Brentwood Country Mart is now for sale.
“If you or someone you know might be interested in buying Diesel in Brentwood, please click here and then on Buyers Guide for information on how to submit a proposal. We would like to accomplish the sale by January of 2024. If you’d like to respond to this news, you can write to us at email@example.com.
They wrote that they opened their first bookstore in 1989, and over the years bought five bookstores in five different communities.
“We sold our first bookstore to our manager in Oakland,” the couple said. “We have two bookstores now, one in LA and one in San Diego, both of which are now for sale.”
In the letter they wrote, “With your generous support, we were able to sustain the store through the pandemic, providing books to readers in need. We couldn’t have done it without you. We’ve decided it is time to step back from bookselling and hopefully find a new engaged bookseller to keep the spirit alive, and the tradition going.
“We are excited to pass on our beautiful bookstore in Brentwood and put it in the hands of someone who will carry the store, and whose energy and vision will take it beyond what we have created,” Reid and Evans wrote. “We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable, dedicated staff that have diverse reading interests, specialties, sensibilities, and histories.”
They ended the letter saying that they hoped to find new owners who “will respect what we’ve built and carry on these valuable relationships–inevitably in their own way.”
With our gratitude,
Alison Reid & John Evans
Diesel, A Bookstore