Black-owned bookstore mangers say gentrification is forcing them to close


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Wild Fig Book Store in Lexington held a community meeting to discuss its future Sunday.

Having been close to eviction before, the store now says gentrification is forcing it to officially close it’s doors.

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Wild Fig Book Store is currently one of less than 50 black-owned bookstores left in the U.S.

The store says renovated properties surround it’s North Limestone Street address.

According to a press release, store managers say their rent has more than tripled as a result of continued development in the area.

They say the owners of the building did not honor their rent-to-own agreement.

Sunday’s meeting was to discuss how to provide an inclusive space similar to the one Wild Fig is known for somewhere else in the community.