Powell's City of Books
Established in 1971, Powell's City of Books has become both a beloved Portland institution and the world's largest bookstore. Book lovers visiting the city often make room in their baggage for a cache of used books, and many first-time visitors consider a visit to Powell's to be something like a trip to a book-lovers mecca. The flagship store covers an entire city block in the downtown Pearl District with its own coffee shop and 68,000 square feet of bookshelves and spaces for reading. Together with its four other Portland locations Powell's inventory includes more than four million titles and visitors purchase a total of several thousand books each day, in addition to the store's online sales.
Backstory and Context