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.

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.

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