New owners reopen Edgartown Books

Susan Mercier, former manager and newly hired manager of Edgartown Books, is back in familiar territory. — Photo by Michelle Williams

Edgartown Books on Main Street will reopen its doors under new ownership at 9 am on Friday, May 25. Jeffrey and Joyce Sudikoff of Los Angeles closed on the purchase of the business and building last Friday. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Mr. Sudikoff was the founder and chief executive officer of IDB Communications Group Inc., and a former part owner of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. He and his wife own a home in Edgartown, where they have been summer residents since the 1970’s.

The Sudikoffs hired Susan Mercier, the former manager of Edgartown Books, as their new manager.

“I’m just so happy for the town and for the Island,” Ms. Mericer said in a phone call with The Times on Friday. “They are so in tune with the needs of a small community and what an important role an independent bookstore plays in that.”

Ms. Mercier left her position as manager in 2010 for personal reasons. “I left a piece of my heart in that bookstore,” she said. “I’m excited that most of the booksellers are coming back, so it will be the same incredible staff that I get to work with and spend my days with.”

In January, Edgartown Book’s former owners David and Ann LeBreton announced plans to sell the store and operated it for limited hours this spring. The LeBretons bought the bookstore formerly known as Bickerton & Ripley a decade ago, after its 20-year business life in a smaller Main Street space.

Ms. Mercier said the bookstore is getting a facelift this week, with new paint inside and out. As for inventory, she added, “We’re not changing anything now, but we will be carrying periodicals, and we hope to start a delivery service and other services in the store.”