- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A bookstore in downtown Rapid City is closing after less than two years due to generally slow sales.

The owners of Van Norman Rare Books recently decided to scale back the business to an online presence. Robert and Erin Van Norman planned last week to auction off a portion of their large collection of books, antiques and collectibles.

Erin Van Norman told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1JnZPZp ) that the business initially did pretty well when it opened in July 2014, drawing interest from local and visiting bookworms to its central location in the heart of downtown.

The shop didn’t figure to be a big moneymaker, Erin Van Norman said. The decision to close it, she said, came down to simple economics

“There just wasn’t enough foot traffic to make the time to be here worth it,” she said. “It just wasn’t economically feasible.”

Opening the shop allowed the couple to consolidate and organize attorney Robert Van Norman’s book collection. He has collected books for 35 years and had amassed about 15,000 volumes at the collection’s peak.

The books filled every nook of the couple’s Rapid City home, Erin Van Norman said. She said they’ll be more selective in the books they buy.

“We’re just trying to be bit more particular about the things we’re acquiring,” she said. “We’re also at the age where we’re trying to find out who we are in our older years.”

The couple “really enjoyed the experience” of having the store, Erin Van Norman said.

“We’re glad we did it,” she said.

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