Seattle’s Oldest Travel Bookstore Closes

From PNBA/Book Travelers West Thom & Kurtis tour of 2010, the front of Wide World Books & Maps in Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

According to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s February Footnotes, Seattle’s Wide World Books & Maps will close at the end of this month.

The store will be offering  progressive discounts during the countdown on everything in the space, including the maps on the walls and the fixtures.

The store was established in 1976 and had the distinction of being the first travel-only bookstore in the country.

Februay 27 Update – The owner and the fans of Wide World are working on a plan to save the store.  If interested in aiding their efforts, check the following website: