Tattered Cover leaving Highlands Ranch for Aspen Grove


The Tattered Cover is more than a bookstore. It is a celebration of literature and community.

From children to students to seniors, a broad demographic of community members visits the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch, said Eileen Forlenza, who has lived in Highlands Ranch for 15 years. The community will be sad to see it go, she said.

"It brought light to the evolving culture of Highlands Ranch," Forlenza said. "It is on the cutting edge of community trends, and the pulse of what's going on in the country."

The Tattered Cover will move from Town Center to the Aspen Grove shopping center in Littleton. The exact date has yet to be determined, but it will be sometime in April. The store will stay open in Highlands Ranch until the move is complete.

Aspen Grove is about 10 minutes from the Highlands Ranch Town Center. It is located near the Santa Fe and Mineral light rail station.

The new location is "close enough to still be a part of this community," general manager Margaret Shaheen said, "but we'll also be meeting new neighbors and readers in Littleton."

The Tattered Cover moved into the building in Highlands Ranch on Nov. 15, 2004, and has reached the end of a 10-year lease, owner Joyce Meskis said.

"Our need for a store of that size has changed with market conditions," she said.

Although the new footprint will be smaller, Shaheen said, retail will not be downsized, and the Tattered Cover will continue to offer all of the same amenities, which includes a newsstand, coffee shop and event space for author signings. Plus, she added, it will have a fireplace - something new for the store's customers.

"The new spot will be cozy and comfortable," Shaheen said. "We think it's a nice space, and we hope everyone will join us there."

The Tattered Cover has a loyal and enthusiastic fan base, and it is a favorite destination for readers from all over the Denver area, said Brandon Glenn, communications manager of DDR Corp., an Ohio-based real estate investment trust that owns and manages Aspen Grove.

"The Tattered Cover is a local icon," Glenn said. "We are excited to welcome this valued member of the local business community to the lineup of retailers at Aspen Grove."

At Aspen Grove, the bookstore will be located between Europtics and Lane Bryant.

The Tattered Cover will be joining a shopping center with a "synergistic mix of tenants," Meskis said, who considers the move a fortunate endeavor and a "marvelous opportunity."

"It came along at just the right time for us," she said.

Forlenza, who visited the Tattered Cover about once or twice a month on average, believes the store will still do great at its new location in Littleton.

However, Forlenza said, the Tattered Cover is locally owned, and one of the few businesses in the Highlands Ranch Town Center that is not corporate. She hopes the new tenant will also be non-corporate and/or not a franchise or national chain establishment.

"I hope it will preserve our culture of community," she said of the future tentant.

The Tattered Cover is a great hub, resource and amenity for the community, said Ellen Theis, a Highlands Ranch resident for 12 years.  

"Everyone is going to be disappointed," she said. "There is a big readership in Highlands Ranch. Hopefully they will follow them."


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