Longtime Nampa bookstore forced to move, makes way for new development

Posted at 5:32 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 19:32:53-04

Yesteryear Shoppe in Nampa has been selling books and records in the Downtown Nampa area for more than 40 years.

The building store owner Dave Gonzales rents has been sold. He was given two weeks notice that he and his books need to move.

To say Gonzales has a lot of packing to do is an understatement.

"We have over 300,000 books and well over 50,000 vinyl records," Gonzales said. 

Gonzales said he's fine with moving, he's just asking for a little more time. 

"Hopefully the new owners will work with me, and I'll work with them to get out of here as fast as possible," he said. "It's just, where do I go? I have to find a place to go." 

Morgan Treasure is the Downtown Nampa Coordinator.

"It's always sad to see a long-term business have to transition, but, all-in-all, the outlook down here is very, very positive," she said.

Treasure said the bookstore will be replaced a few new businesses including a brewery. She says the new development will help push Downtown Nampa in a different direction.

"We would love to make it so the community can do their recreating here on the Canyon County side so we don't have to go all the way to Boise or Meridian to have a nice meal or just spend an evening in a place where you can walk around and enjoy yourself," Treasure said.

Even bar owners already in the area say they're more excited about development than worried about competition. 

"The more people that come downtown looking for things to do, it makes it more of a destination to come downtown as opposed to just going one place or another," Ryan Driscoll, owner of PreFunk, said. "If the line is too long somewhere, you go somewhere else. The more people that can get down here, the better."

As for Gonzales, he's still drawn to downtown, hoping to find a new location not too far away.

"Nampa has been real good to us," he said. "I've been here all this time, and we have good community support here. I think Nampa needs a good bookstore, but I'm not sure of my situation."