After 24 years in business, many of them directly across the street from one of the big-chain bookstores that were once thought to be the biggest threat to independent booksellers, Oscar’s Art Books has announced that it’s preparing to close its doors for good.
The reason given in the short statement made today by owner Sean O’Flynn is not competition from megachains like Chapters-Indigo, Oscar’s close neighbour on West Broadway at Granville. Rather it is “internet technology”, which “has caught up with” the store and forced it into shutdown.
Oscar's will close on March 31.
Over the years, it has built a strong clientele by specializing in a curated selection of large-format art books, along with an array of offbeat calendars.