San Jose Mercury: Burst of community support after Kepler’s closing could spur its return
HongDao Nguyen has an article in today’s San Jose Mercury News.
Days after Kepler’s, the landmark bookstore in Menlo Park, shuttered its doors amid financial woes, owner Clark Kepler said Saturday there’s still hope of reviving the business.
Kepler said he has received an outpouring of community support since the store’s abrupt closure Wednesday. And the Tan Group, owners of the building that housed the store on El Camino Real, approached Kepler last week to see if they could work something out, he said.
Another meeting is scheduled Tuesday. Representatives of the Tan Group could not be reached for comment Saturday.
If those talks go well, Kepler said, “I think we have a real good chance of returning.” A handful of potential financial investors have also contacted Kepler to offer help, Kepler said, though he declined to identify them.
Clark said Saturday that the love he has gotten since Wednesday has been like a “fairy tale.” People have even asked to volunteer their time working at the store, if that would help.
But he said, “What it really needs is substantial financial support.”