Karibu Books Closing its Doors…

I don’t care what any one says or has yet to say, we’re in a recession. I’m sure many industries that have already suffered will unfortunately continue to suffer as the weakness in our economy continues to make itself more and more apparent. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems that black businesses take extreme hits during these times. The beloved Karibu Books (very popular black bookstore in the DC area) will be closing its doors. It’s a special place to me because I found books that you wouldn’t see on display in the front of Borders that appealed to my interest (Ex. African Holistic Health). It was a meeting place for those new black authors and even icons to come share, sell and discuss their works with the community. Aside from church, it was one of the best meeting places for black folk to discuss our issues. According to the website, all stores will be closed by February 10th. (Dayum!!!) Hello Negro wishes them well in their future pursuits!

January 22, 2008

Dear Karibu Customers,

After 15 years of service within the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Karibu Books, a Black bookstore chain will be closing its doors. We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support. We are optimistic that our mission to empower and educate through a comprehensive selection of books by and about people of African descent will continue to resonate within the communities we proudly served.

Since 1993, we have been blessed to help thousands of local, regional and national authors share their incredible stories of faith, hope, love, peace, politics and race. We can’t begin to express our gratitude for the countless authors who have graced our six stores and enriched our customers’ lives.

We will be closing our Security Square (Baltimore, MD) and Forestville locations on Sunday, January 27. The remaining locations, Bowie Town Center, The Mall at Prince Georges and Iverson Mall will close on Sunday, February 10. Our Pentagon City store is already closed.

Effective immediately, all inventory at all locations will be 50% off. All fixtures will also be available for purchase on February 10. See individual store managers for more information.

Again, we respectfully thank you for your loyalty, laughter and love.

Simba Sana
Karibu Books


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8 responses to “Karibu Books Closing its Doors…

  1. kia

    i’m deeply saddened by this. it was a dagger in the heart when i got the email. i guess it’s a sign of the times… good luck to them.

  2. Oh my God! That’s a mess!! I gotta catch that sale, though.

    Why didn’t someone buy them out?

  3. c

    i’m sorry about your beloved book store.
    There were so many locations. It’s sad that they couldn’t keep a couple open.

  4. thanks for your concern…*sniffle*…*sniffle*

  5. ktruth

    Unfortunately, the Washington Post reports that the closing is a result of an ugly divorce of one of the co-owners….such a waste of a great idea…

  6. Glenn

    I am deeply saddened by the the closing of Karibu. My wife is currently pregnant and I was looking forward to one day being able to take my child to one of the Karibu stores. The loss of Karibu will be felt for generations. There is a longer story, with an interview with the Karibu owners, at http://www.ennercity.com

  7. Haki Ammi

    Pardon the self promotion. My name is Haki Ammi. I have been a black book distributor in the Baltimore area. I will now be working to build in the Prince Georges County area. You all will see me soon if you haven’t seen me already. I will be at the Prince Georges County Black Chamber Business Summit coming up. I’m not hard to reach. This can not happen. Lets keep building, Our children need this knowledge.

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