TXTBookRental closes its doors after five years

James Vaughn

Students who aren’t able to purchase books from TXTBookRental by Aug. 4 will be out of luck. The west side shop has decided to close its doors.

TXTBookRental Founder Alex Beaver sent an email to customers Thursday notifying them of the closure.

“I want to assure you that we are not closing due to a lack of customers and support,” Beaver said in the email. “Great customers helped make us, and we truly appreciate the enormous amount of enthusiasm we have received.”

The store, located at 4818 W. Lloyd Expressway, has served the USI community for five years. They are liquidating all remaining textbooks.

Store manager Will Bader said Beaver is pursuing “other opportunities” but couldn’t comment on what those might be.

“We’ve been looking to sell for quite a while,” Bader said. “We are still hoping someone will come in and take over the store and the name.”

They are hoping it happens at some point during the fall semester, but can’t be certain it will, he said.

If the store does not reopen, Bader recommended students utilize online resources, such as Amazon or Chegg.

“They’ve always been fairly competitive with our prices,” he said.

The story will be updated when more information becomes available.