A Woman's Place Bookstore, an 11-year effort to bring women and books together, is closing.

In recent years, it has struggled to compete against superstores owned by national chains. A Woman's Place lost money in 1996 and 1997 and it is closing this month."We feel that we sort of accomplished what we set out to," manager Kate Whetman said. "So it's time to move on."

Sally Smith, the store's owner and founder, wrote many authors, asking them to visit A Woman's Place while on book tours, said Whetman, Smith's sister. She credits Smith with helping to make Salt Lake City a book-tour destination.

A Woman's Place was an outgrowth of a class on contemporary women authors that Smith taught at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. The class's success suggested a market might exist in Salt Lake City for a women's bookstore.

A Woman's Place once had stores in Foothill Village, Cottonwood Mall, Park City and Draper. Sales peaked in 1993.