In a letter to the Manhattan Mercury, the owner of Varney’s Book Store, Jon Levin, said all three stores will close on June 30th.
Levin told the Manhattan Mercury the store’s revenue has fallen 80 percent in the last few years after losing contracts with both the K-State Student Union bookstore and K-State athletics.
Levin said increased online competition also hurt business.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Varney’s Book Store in Aggieville. At the same time we will close all of our stores throughout Kansas. We will formally shut our doors for business on June 30. Varney’s has served K-State and the community for a wonderful 126 years as a locally owned family business.
We wish to thank all of our employees who through the years have helped make us who we were. Many worked as part time student employees while going to school at K-State. Others worked full time and dedicated many years of their careers working with us. We truly appreciate each and every one of you.
We also want to say thank you to the hundreds of thousands of customers, who for over a century have come through our doors, shopped through our catalogs, clicked through our websites, gathered with us at many a bowl game, celebrated New Year’s, and watched a parade or two in Aggieville. Many of you have followed us on Facebook and Twitter as well. No matter how you came to us, it was a privilege serving each and every one of you.