With two locations — the location on 1231 9th Street and the original bookstore on 506 Clement Street — already beloved by tourists and locals alike, Green Apple Books is expected to open a third location inside the San Francisco International Airport in 2024.
Y’all, like us, love Green Apple Books. In fact: Our readers voted it the best bookstore in San Francisco last year. Well, it looks like we’ll have the chance to flip through pages and sift through shelves sometime in 2024 at the company’s newest location at SFO.
“Congratulations [Green Apple Books,]” District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston tweeted in 2021 after it was announced that the bookstore had gotten the green light to push forward with plans on opening a new branch inside SFO. “The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a lease to bring Green Apple Books to the Harvey Milk Terminal at SFO.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new airport location is expected to begin construction in October 2023 with the intent of opening sometime in March 2024. The expansion of Green Apple Books, itself, wouldn’t have been possible without its partner Hudson Group — the company many of us have surrendered $10 to for an Odwalla bar and 120z can of soda when traveling through any prominent airport in the country. The company will remain the majority owner in charge of paying the minimum annual rent of $460,000, Green Apple co-owner Pete Mulvihill told the Chronicle.
But don’t fret, devotees: This by no means Green Apple Books intends to shutter either of its two locations inside the seven-by-seven. Addressing this very concern, Green Apple Bookstore tweeted that there’s “no need to worry!”
“We’ll still have our Clement Street, Books on the Park and Browser Books locations,” the bastion for literature continued.
It’s still TBD on what exactly the in-airport bookstore will look like, but rest assured you’ll have the chance to support a local independent bookstore before jet-setting to wherever you’re going. And sponge up some local queer history, all the while.