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Book Revue, longtime Huntington bookstore, set to close following COVID-19 setback

A popular Huntington bookstore will close by the end of September, according to its owner.

For nearly 44 years, the Book Revue off Main Street in Huntington has sold new and used books and hosted politicians, best-selling authors, major sports personalities and celebrities.

But now owner Richard Klein says his landlords told him he was being evicted because he owed them more than $400,000.

Richard Klein told News 12 that despite outside challenges from large chains and online book sales, the Book Revue had previously been able to keep its doors open. He says he had always paid his rent on time until the pandemic.

“We were forced to close, mandated by law to close and even when we were able to open store traffic was down,” Klein said.

Klein says he contacted his landlords several times to try to work out a payment plan, but was turned down.

From now on, the Revue du livre must close its doors by September 30.

Contacted by News 12 for comment, the landlord says the bookstore hasn’t paid rent for more than a year and owes more than $42,000. “They had every chance to stay in business, but I think they lost interest and that’s unfortunate for the book review and the town of Huntington,” the owner said.