Rally Planned To Save Rock Hill Book House

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ROCK HILL, MO (KTVI)-- There is a battle brewing in Rock Hill and it may be about to boil over. It all has to do with old books, housed in a 160 year old home.

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a bookstore by its cover. It sits in a 160 year old Victorian house in Rock Hill, but probably not for long.

For more than 30 years, the well-read have been shopping at this Well Worn Book Store on Manchester Road, a treasure island of tranquility in a sea of commerce.

Now, the landlord is selling it to a Michigan developer, who plans to clear the land and build a storage facility.

Though the deal has not been finalized, Michelle Barran has already been told by the landlord she and her 250,000 books have to be gone by the end of July. She is hoping for a miracle, but looking for a new location.

Michelle says she`s not sure where she`ll find the money to move, but book lovers have been offering whatever they can to save this jewel.

Tuesday night, a rival bookstore owner is organizing a rally that begins at 6 and includes a march to city hall; perhaps the final chapter has yet to be written.  The city of Rock Hill is not commenting on the issue and the landlord did not return our call.

The developer, however says they want to work with Michelle to try to help her relocate.