In a memo on December 3, 2020, Owner Emily Powell shared news that Powell's Books for Home and Garden will close permanently, effective immediately:
"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news we have decided to permanently close our Home & Garden store in SE Portland. Powell's Home & Garden store has been an important, and unique, part of our business for many years. Unfortunately it was also an increasingly challenging part of our business as retail continues its evolution. With the onslaught of this year, we simply could not find a way to bring it through 2020 and 2021 and into an unknown future. We are grateful to the customers and employees who made it such a special place for so long."