Bookstore bound for Downtown

Tattered Cover announces plans to locate in Westminster Origin Hotel in 2020

Posted 9/3/19

Tattered Cover will open a branch of its popular bookstore in the first floor of the Origin Hotel in Downtown Westminster next spring, the company announced on Aug. 27. “We are excited to be moving …

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Bookstore bound for Downtown

Tattered Cover announces plans to locate in Westminster Origin Hotel in 2020

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Tattered Cover will open a branch of its popular bookstore in the first floor of the Origin Hotel in Downtown Westminster next spring, the company announced on Aug. 27.

“We are excited to be moving into the northwest suburbs for the first time,” said Tattered Cover co-owner Len Vlahos. “We really think it’s great.”

Tattered Cover currently operates out of four locations, on 16th Street in lower downtown Denver, on East Colfax, on South Sante Fe Drive in Littleton and a small space in Denver’s Union Station. The company also operates book and newsstands on the concourses at Denver International Airport.

The bookstore will be on the first-floor lobby of the Origin Hotel that is currently being built in Downtown Westminster, across the street from the newly-opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Vlahos said the Downtown Westminster location will be 5,500 square feet — roughly the same size as the Littleton location. It will have three entrances — two to outside parking and one into the hotel lobby.

“We will have the full complement and participate in events,” Vlahos said. “It should be a hair smaller than the store in Littleton, but it will feel a lot like that one.”

The store will be open every day of the year other than Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Because we are in a hotel, we will probably have a sundry section,” he said.

Otherwise, it will be similar to other Tattered Covers.

“It will be a general, full-service book store, like anyone who has ever been to a Tattered Cover would expect,” Vlahos said. “We will our usual well-curated section of books, we plan on having author and non-author related events. I’m sure we’ll do a children’s storytime and those kinds of things. We’ll sell used books and bargain books and even some non-book related things.”

Walker Thrash, partner at The Thrash Group that is building the Origin hotel, welcomed the Tattered Cover to the project. The two fit well together.

“The Origin brand works to support local business, creating meaningful and symbiotic relationships,” Thrash said in a written statement. “The Tattered Cover has a long history and is well respected throughout Colorado. We can’t wait to share this locally admired book store with our guests.”

Thrash’s hotel is scheduled to open in March. When it was announced in July 2017, plans called for a Marczyk Fine Food grocer and deli to take the hotel lobby location. Sarah Nurmela, Westminster’s real estate and development manager, said the Tattered Cover replaced the Marczyk Fine Foods in the hotel but said the CEO Pete Marczyk still plans to open a branch of his market in Downtown Westminster.

“Marczyk’s is still committed to the site,” Nurmella wrote in an email. “They just couldn’t make the timing work with the build-out of the hotel. We’re working with them on an alternate site within the Downtown.”

Nurmella said the city is very excited to include the bookstore in the project.

“Their commitment to this site and the Westminster market affirms our vision for a unique and diverse retail environment,” she wrote. “With their focus on experience and community, Tattered Cover is a perfect example of the type of retail tenant the Downtown is attracting with this vision.”

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