Gray’s College Bookstore. Photo by Kim Leaston.

Gray’s College Bookstore, which has been providing UNC Charlotte students with everything from textbooks to T-shirts, announced Tuesday they will be closing their doors Feb. 28, after 23 years in the University City community.

The closing of the UNC Charlotte location leaves the Gray’s chain with one remaining store in Louisville, Kentucky. According to Amber Livingston, director of the store, the growing popularity of online shopping has put a strain on the business over the years. The company, which at one time owned nine locations, also closed two stores in Georgia and Kentucky last year.

Livingston has been with Gray’s Bookstore for fourteen years. Having begun working for the company as a seasonal employee at their Tampa, Florida location, she has come a long way with the chain since college.

“It is definitely bittersweet… It’s a really great company, and it’s been such a pleasure,” she said.

“Thank you for all your support over the years. It’s been really wonderful being a part of the community and we’re sorry to go, and we’ll miss you very much,” she added.

Livingston would like to wish Charlotte students the best at the university and in the future.

The company plans to sell merchandise at a reduced price until the doors lock next month. Remaining textbooks will either be returned to suppliers or will be added to the inventory of the Louisville store.

Representatives will be at the site April 30 through May 14 for rental returns and book buybacks.

Kim Leaston is a News Staff Writer at Niner Times. As a senior Communication Studies major with minors in Journalism and Video Production, Kim is hoping to conquer the world by December 2018 (or at least graduate). When she isn't working, studying or plotting she can be found checking out the city with her fur baby Abby or visiting family in the 919.