Tattered Cover Announces New Bookstore Coming to Downtown Colorado Springs
Colorado’s largest independently owned bookstore will debut its first location outside of the Denver Metro area in 2022
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Tattered Cover, Colorado’s largest locally owned bookstore celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will welcome its first location outside of the Denver Metro area in Downtown Colorado Springs. The 8,000-square-foot retail destination, located at 112 North Tejon Street, is slated to open in 2022 and will feature an extensive selection of books from best-selling and independently published authors, a café, kids zone, and more.
“We are pleased to welcome Tattered Cover to Downtown Colorado Springs,” said Mayor John Suthers. “It’s an iconic brand in Colorado that will attract residents and visitors alike, who can also enjoy all the other amenities downtown has to offer.”
Tattered Cover CEO Kwame Spearman said, “Colorado Springs has always been a vibrant community that's filled with book lovers. Since the closing of its beloved independent bookstore Chinook around 15 years ago, Tattered Cover has dreamed of laying roots here. The downtown area is undergoing a renaissance and we are thrilled to be a part of that next chapter.”
Since beginning with new ownership in December 2020, the long-time community institution has expanded its footprint around Metro Denver. In 2021, Tattered Cover debuted a new flagship location at McGregor Square in Denver’s Lower Downtown, its first kids-focused concept at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora and a seasonal holiday pop-up shop, open as of Oct. 1 at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree. Tattered Cover’s next location - the first to feature a wine bar - will open in Westminster this fall. Colorado Springs will be its first foray outside of Metro Denver.
Tattered Cover’s Colorado Springs bookstore will be located in an historic structure at the heart of downtown. Spearman said, “We are setting up shop in a beautiful building that was erected in the 1880s and has been preserved over the years, but recently brought back to life. This is exactly what we're trying to do for our brand, making it a perfect spot for our first location in Southern Colorado.”
The building is owned by The Baldwin Cohn Group and the space will be built by Thomas General Contractors. In 1918, famous Colorado Springs architect, Thomas MacLaren, redesigned the storefront and rear of the building. MacLaren, who is known for such works as the St. Pauline Chapel, and the Trianon, added features such as Van Briggle tile, intricate brickwork and leaded glass transoms, which are still present today.