Mission mainstay Modern Times Bookstore Collective has come to the end of its story.
The 45-year-old worker-owned bookstore will close its doors on Tuesday, Nov. 15, only five years after being displaced from its previous Valencia Street location to a nearby storefront on 24th Street.
According to a press release issued Monday night, Modern Times struggled to sustain itself as a business since its relocation, despite ongoing community support.
“Though we have persevered out of love and duty and a willingness to continue to fulfill our mission, we are the first to admit the store is not operating at the level we would like and we can no longer serve our customer's needs as well as those of our workers,” reads a Facebook post from the collective.
Modern Times has served the Mission District since 1971, when it was founded in response to the Vietnam War. It moved through two other locations in the Mission before settling in its landmark location in Valencia for 20 years. The bookstore housed extensive offerings on topics like politics, globalization and sexuality. It also provided a space for arts and community events, such as a Spanish Book Club and its Modern Comedy night.