PORTLAND — Powell’s Books said it will reopen its store on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard on Nov. 6, the last of its three main stores to restart operations. And on the same day, Powell’s will open three more rooms in its flagship store downtown.
The Portland retail landmark shuttered all its stores in March as the coronavirus pandemic hit Oregon and permanently shuttered its location at Portland International Airport in July. It reopened its Beaverton store and a portion of its downtown store in August, but the Hawthorne store had remained entirely closed.
“While this is still a far cry from Powell’s pre-pandemic, we are thrilled to have finally arrived at this moment and have more opportunities to connect readers with the books they’ll love,” bookstore owner Emily Powell said in a statement Friday. “We are hoping that we might be able to remain open in this expanded fashion after the holiday season and into the spring, but at the moment these are holiday season openings only. In this daunting time, we must proceed carefully.”
Consumer spending has recovered strongly during the pandemic, both in Oregon and nationally, fueled initially by federal coronavirus relief payments. Much of that shopping has moved online, though, and many stores have struggled as consumers remain reluctant to venture out while the pandemic rages.
Statewide, retail employment was down 2 percent in September compared to the same month in 2019.