After 27 years at its North Main Street location, The Map Center store will close on December 22. The store has been operating in Providence, at various locations, since the 1950s. It's been owned and operated by Andrew Nosal since 1981.
A sale of the store's collection will run from December 4 to 22. Hours are 10 to 5:30 weekdays, and Saturdays 11 to 4. The store is at 671 North Main Street, just past the Whole Foods/Staples shopping center. Free parking is available on the street.
Some of the best bargains will be large map murals and board-mounted wall maps. For the first time, shoppers will be allowed to browse through dozens of flat file drawers containing 30 years worth of unusual maps. The broad collection of paper maps, atlases, globes, framed maps and accessories, all will be sold off.
Most of The Map Center's sales now are online, Nosal says, but he has kept the store open "as a kind of public-spirited performance art, for the pleasure of meeting interesting customers, and from sheer inertia." He now is ready to focus on the webstore and new products and decided it's time for the real store to close down.
Nosal is keeping open the possibility of reopening the store at a new location after his new website is up and running smoothly. Anyone interested in updates is invited to sign up for his email list at mapcenter.com/sign-up-for-emails.