BB NOTE: Just walked over to Saxby’s to get a coffee and saw that Olsson’s was locked up suddenly, with a padlock on the door and roses in the door. The signs say they are done. The roses broke my heart.
LATER: We have updates in the comments, but it does look like it’s the end after 36 years.
The Dupont Circle location of local bookstore chain Olsson’s abruptly closed today, with signs having been taped in the window thanking customers for 16 years in the Washington area. A single flower had been placed in the doorway, appearing to be the beginnings of a shrine.
The signs on the door direct customers looking for more information to the Olsson’s web site, however no information had yet to be posted there about the closing as of this afternoon. The phone was not answered at any of the remaining Olsson’s locations, which includes Crystal City, Old Town, Courthouse, and National Airport. An email to Olsson’s asking for confirmation of the closure of one or all of the chain’s retail stores has yet to be returned.
Since we have so far been unable to reach anyone at any Olsson’s store, if you have any information about the status of the other locations, please let us know in the comments.