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The downtown Portland bookstore will reopen two sections Friday after reopening its Beaverton outlet.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Starting on Friday, Aug, 21, the downtown Powell's Bookstore will partially reopen for several days a week.Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland will partially reopen Friday after being closed for months due to the coronavirus.

Starting on Aug. 21, Powell's will reopen the southeast part of its large bookstore, which includes the popular Green and Blue rooms, along with the literature section. The book shop will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The Green Room, at the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Burnside, includes new arrivals and award-winning books. The adjacent Blue Room features literature (as opposed to genre fiction such as mysteries or science fiction).

The announcement comes shortly after Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing store in Beaverton reopened. That store also is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

"Thank you for coming out to find your summer reading at our recently reopened Cedar Hills store. Seeing you and the enthusiasm we all share for books and reading has been a true joy for our book-loving hearts," Powell's Chief Executive Officer Emily Powell said in an online statement. "We are delighted to announce that we are going to try a limited opening of the Green and Blue rooms of our downtown store."

Powell's said its used book buying counter would remain closed, but people can sell used books online. Free store pickup also continues at the Northwest Couch Street and 11th Avenue entrance.

The bookstore will adhere to all local and federal guidelines concerning COVID-19 in order to reopen safely. The company doesn't plan to reopen its two other stores on Hawthorne Boulevard at this time. Powell's recently closed its Portland International Airport store.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. KOIN's story can be found here.


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