Fate of Giovanni’s Room still pending

Giovanni’s Room owner Ed Hermance told PGN this week that plans are still pending on the sale of the oldest LGBT bookstore in the country.

Hermance announced his plans to sell the business and also the buildings it inhabits late last year. But the store closed up shop May 17 after negotiations with a potential buyer fell through.

In the spring, Hermance announced that an LGBT-affiliated organization was considering purchasing the bookstore, but he would not disclose the name of the group.

Hermance told PGN this week that he is hoping to have a definitive answer from the organization next week.

“We are still working with the people on the other side and they are trying to get together a lease. I have to look over it before I sign anything,” he said. “It will be at least a couple of days before I know of anything, so I am hoping next week we will have everything together.”

Giovanni’s Room remains closed until a decision is reached.