Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust

Big news in Toronto last week was the upcoming closing of the Book City store on Bloor St in the Annex. Book City is a small family-owned chain with 4 stores in the city but this was the original one that opened more than 37 years ago and has been the go-to bookstore for the Annex and the U of Toronto community. The rents along Bloor St have reached the point that the owners couldn't survive here any longer. It is a sad time since it was a wonderful store with a knowledgable staff.
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20 comments:

Sharon said...

I hate to see all these book stores closing. Yes, I know there is Amazon.com and yes, I know most people are using e-readers now but, I'm of the opinion that one of life's pleasures is browsing a book store. I hate to see that sliding away.

llandudnopictures said...

Always sad to see places close, especially book shops.

Bill Nicholls said...

Same here, my favorite Book Shop in Wallingford closed a few years ago. I spnet many happy times looking round it as a child & adult

TexWisGirl said...

wonder what will move in to the high rent district. :)

Halcyon said...

That is so sad! I loved that little shop. You could always find some sort of treasure there.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Things will never remain as they were. So sad to see. I was reading an article last night which pointed out that one quarter of the American population have not read a book within the past year.

William Kendall said...

Always a shame to see a book store close up.

Not that the landlord gives a damn.

Karen said...

We've lost most of our small bookstores here as well.

Taken For Granted said...

Neighborhood book stores are disappearing fast. Sorry to see this one is also in trouble.

cieldequimper said...

I hate this. The thought that kids might never know real bookshops in their adulthood is depressing to me.

Jim said...

Sad to see this happening over and over again.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Such a shame! :-(

~Lindy

Randy said...

I hate it when bookstores close.

Lowell said...

It is sad. It's probably just not the higher rents, but Amazon is putting lots of these folks out of business. I don't think that's a good thing.

There's nothing like a good bookstore where the people running it know what they're doing.

Jack said...

Don't you hate that! I still buy physical books, not electronic books, and when I can, I prefer local bookstores like this. I am not the type to rail against change in general, but the loss of independent bookstores is one of the areas where I sound cranky.

EG CameraGirl said...

Beyond sad!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nooooo! That's just terrible Pat. So sad to see and I bet so many people are going to miss it horribly!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

An absolute crime!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's very sad -- I used to love little bookstores. But Amazon with the Kindle makes it so easy (I'm not proud of myself but ....)

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Say it isn't so!! Spent lots of time in there.