Mysterious Galaxy Seeks New Ownership

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Mysterious Galaxy seeks new ownership!

For more than 25 years, Mysterious Galaxy has been an iconic fixture in the heart of San Diego, and your support has sustained one of the city’s most cherished independent bookstores. It’s time to pass the torch to a new owner, someone who can write the next chapter of Mysterious Galaxy’s story.

When we opened Mysterious Galaxy in 1993, we did so with the belief that it was essential to create a sustainable environment for years to come. Mysterious Galaxy and its immensely qualified and experienced booksellers are well-positioned to ensure that books and author events will remain a vital part of our community. The key ingredients that will contribute to the success of a new owner are all in place: a loyal customer base, a dedicated, hard-working staff, the technological tools to remain current and relevant, and a beautiful environment that appeals to customers of all ages. We are also here to provide the new owner with the necessary resources to ensure a smooth transition.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about Mysterious Galaxy, who genuinely loves our community, and who understands what it takes to operate a retail business. The conversation begins with you. We know how much you care about Mysterious Galaxy, and perhaps you or someone you know – even a family member ready for a change of pace – would enjoy being the owner of our genre fiction stalwart.

While we are currently seeking new ownership, we want our community to know that there is no threat of store closure. Indeed, we anticipate just the opposite: new growth, new business, and new opportunities within our industry.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunity to become Mysterious Galaxy San Diego’s new owner, please contact Terry Gilman at Terry [at]

Thank you so much for sharing the magic of books with us, and for your interest in seeing Mysterious Galaxy serve generations of readers for years to come.

Yours in good books and conversations,
Terry Gilman and Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Mysterious Galaxy has moved around several times in those years. I saw Neal Stephenson speak there. I saw Greg Proops speak there. I like that place, wherever the physical plant is. I read less than I did 20 years ago, but I like that it exists. It’s a San Diego institution, I tell ya! If only I had the money!

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