Gray’s College Bookstore has sold books and more to University of Louisville students for 31 years. | Courtesy of Facebook

The owners at the longtime book and spirit wear store Gray’s College Bookstore have announced that the business will close at the end of this month.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Gray’s College Bookstore at UofL will be closing on May 31,” a statement on the bookstore’s Facebook page reads. “Gray’s has served the University of Louisville for the past 31 years and has been a staple on campus and in the community.

“We want to thank all of our long-standing customers, staff and student workers for over three decades of business, we could not have made it this far without you. Thank you so much for the support over the years, and we wish you all the best. That being said—–EVERYTHING is ON SALE!! Come on by and check it out before all the good stuff is gone. GO CARDS!”

The bookstore, located at 1915 S. Fourth St., sold textbooks, school supplies, University of Louisville branded gear and Greek life wear. Items are marked 45 percent to 80 percent off.

The closure of Gray’s College Bookstore leaves the University of Louisville Campus Store as the only brick-and-mortar store to buy textbooks, though many students buy their textbooks online nowadays.

“The college textbook industry has changed dramatically over the years, and there is a bunch of things coming down the road for digital delivery,” said Chris Merrifield, director of operations for Gray’s College Bookstore. “Small family-owned college stores don’t have a place.”

People are looking for convenience, Merrifield said, and while the bookstore still sells a lot of clothes, it ultimately is a bookstore.

He added that the owners, Chuck and Ellen Gray, have been operating the independent business for a long time.

“It’s been a long run, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end,” Merrifield said.

Gray’s College Bookstore will maintain a limited online presence, he said, as it plans to start a website for the bookstore’s Greek life merchandise, most of which caters to Panhellenic groups.

The Louisville bookstore’s hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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