The Morris Book Shop announced Tuesday that it will move from its Southland Drive store to Chevy Chase, part of a string of local businesses trading spots.
"The traffic at Chevy Chase is more sustained and lasts longer every day from our observations," Manager Hap Houlihan said in explaining the move, which is expected to be sometime in September. "On Southland, it's a great shopping area all day, and then it becomes the restaurant scene at night.
"But there's almost zero crossover, unfortunately. We're open until 7, but that last hour from 6 to 7 is pretty dead."
The Chevy Chase area, Houlihan said, seems to have more people shopping in the evenings and is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
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"Hopefully, we've set the hooks in our neighborhood friends in Southland so that they'll follow us happily a couple of miles down the road," he said.
The bookstore, which opened in 2008, will move into the space next to Rite Aid that is occupied now by architecture and interior design firm Hubbuch & Co.
At 3,000 square feet, the new location will be slightly larger than the store's current 2,700 square feet, Houlihan said. "We're going to give our inventory more breathing room rather than expand it," he said.
Hubbuch & Co. is moving to the former office of interior designer Edward Gage, at 456 East High Street, which offers more parking, and plans to complete its move by the end of June, interior designer Carolyn Threlkeld said.
Gage already has moved his offices to a smaller location at 1583 Delaware Avenue, in the former spot of home décor and design boutique House, Office Manager Betty Lamb said. House's owners, upon learning that their landlord planned to build a house in the parking lot, moved into Cowgirl Attic just down the block at 1535 Delaware Avenue.
Houlihan said The Morris Book Shop will be closed for only a couple of days in the transition.
"I was one of the folks who moved Joseph-Beth from the corner at Lexington Green to where it is now," Houlihan said. "We managed to pull that store off in four business days of pure closure. Based on that, I feel like we can probably manage to do this in a day and a half or two."