Sad news from Vancouver:
VANCOUVER – Independent bookseller Duthie Books will shut its doors at the end of February after 52 years in business.
Facing pressure from online bookseller Amazon and multi-national chains such as Chapters, owner Cathy Duthie Legate has decided to pack it in and close the last of eight locations on Fourth Avenue in Kitsilano.
The family-owned chain was founded in 1957 by Bill Duthie.
“I’m just not making it, so I’m going to close it down,” said Duthie Legate. “We are going to start our regular sale January 28, but it will be better, of course, with discounts of 40, 60 then 80 percent and I hope to have all the books out of here by the end of February.”
“Then I will tear down the store,” she said. “I’m sorry that it will leave a void in the city.”
Duthie Books has been hurt in recent years by encroachment on the traditional book market from every direction: big box stores, online sellers and most recently Kindle.
I think the original Duthie’s on 10th Avenue was the first place I consciously shopped for books.
Somehow Murchie’s was saved; where’s the backer with a heart of gold, a lot of money, and a great personal library to keep Duthie’s going?