De Lauer's Newsstand in Downtown Oakland has been a landmark since 1907. The newsstand has always offered a wide selection of newspapers from around the world while open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Faced with closure in 2008, a last minute sale to De Lauer's manager Fasil Lemma and Lemma's business partner Abdo Shrooh saved the newsstand for future generations.
Charles De Lauer, who took over his father's newsstand when the elder De Lauer passed away in 1934, worked at the store seven days a week for 74 years. He died from leukemia and lymphoma on August 7, 2008, just a month after the successful sale of the newsstand.
The location on Broadway is the third location since 1907; the business moved there in 1966. The original 1907 location was near 7th and Washington.
The newsstand suffered a serious fire in 1984. Charles De Lauer immediately vowed to set up in a temporary location. 2
There is a De Lauer's in Alameda as well.
1310 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612
Links and References
Downtown newsstand owner De Lauer turns 85 by Annalee Allen Oakland Tribune January 6, 2002
Fire guts De Lauer's newsstand Oakland Tribune October 3, 1984 (p2)
SignPost SFGate July 22, 2001
- 101-year-old Oakland newsstand to close tonight SFGate June 25, 2008
DeLauer's Super Newsstand saved from closing Oakland Tribune June 25, 2008
Financial angels to aid Oakland newsstand SFGate June 26, 2008
Historic Oakland newsstand sold, to stay open SFGate July 10, 2008
Longtime newsstand owner Charles De Lauer dies SFGate August 10, 2008
Oakland investor buys historic De Lauer's building for $1.15M San Francisco Business Times November 11, 2011