Tattered Cover bookstore coming to Colorado Springs in 2022

Bookworms in Colorado Springs will have a new identify to check out the latest titles next year when Tattered Cover Book Store opens a new location downtown.

The new bookstore will live an 8,000-square-foot space at 112 N. Tejon St. and include a cafe, kids zone and more, the company announced this week. The location, which is expected to open in early 2022, marks its first outside of the Denver vicinity and seventh overall following a new store in Westminster that’s expected to open this fall.

CEO Kwame Spearman said in a statement Tattered Cover hoped to fill the gap left by Chinook Bookshop, an independent bookstore in the Springs that closed in 2004.

“Colorado Springs has always been a vibrant community that’s filled with book lovers,” Spearman said. “We are setting up shop in a beautiful building that was erected in the 1880s and has been preserved over the years, but recently brought back to life. This is exactly what we’re trying to do for our brand, making it a perfect identify for our first location in Southern Colorado.”

The expansion comes on the heels of a change in ownership and during Tattered Cover’s 50th year in business. In December, the chain was sold to local investors after its rockiest year in memory. At the time, Spearman, newly in his role as CEO, acknowledged that “the concept of buying a bookstore in the middle of a pandemic was just about the craziest thing I had ever heard.”

Since then, Tattered Cover opened a new flagship location on McGregor Square in Denver, near the Colorado Rockies’ ballpark. It also recently debuted a pop-up shop at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree that will be open by the holiday season.

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