Claire Poffenbarger, 14, and her grandmother, Julie Anderson, read books at Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch, March 25, 2015. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)Joyce Meskis, the long-time owner of Tattered Cover Inc., is reaching the final chapter on her four-decade ownership of the popular group of Denver area book stores.Meskis announced Thursday that book industry veterans Len Vlahos and his wife, Kristen Gilligan, will join the senior management team of the Tattered Cover on July 1 and acquire a controlling interest two years later.Meskis, 73, then plans to retire and remain available as a consultant. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “It was a confluence of circumstances,” Meskis said. “They were ready to think about the world of book selling as a part of their professional lives. At my age, I have been thinking about what if this or that happens.”Book seller Gwen Black shelves books at Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on March 25, 2015. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)Tattered Cover operates four retail stores in the metro area, including one on Colfax Avenue near East High School, one in Lower Downtown, one in Denver Union Station and one relocating into the Aspen Grove Shopping Center in Littleton.Tattered Cover also has three store locations licensed at Denver International Airport, with a fourth location planned. Meskis purchased Tattered Cover in 1974, when it was a small, struggling shop in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood.Tattered Cover, known for a high-level of customer service, managed to survive the expansion of the big box book sellers, Amazon pulling book sales online and then the advent of digital books.”It has always been tough,” Meskis said. “It is a challenge every day of the week.”Tattered Cover gained an international reputation as a leading independent book seller and her stores have become Denver tourist destinations.Meskis has brought thousands of authors to Denver over the years and used her public platform to staunchly defend freedom of speech.Vlahos and Gilligan, a former Boulder resident, will relocate to Denver from Stamford, Conn. as part of the transition. Vlahos is currently the executive director … – Click Here To Visit Article Source