Sophia Books (450 W. Hastings) is the latest independent bookstore to close in Vancouver.
Owner Marc Fournier told the Straight in a phone interview that he will be closing the retail side of the business, although the store will not disappear entirely. "We're going to concentrate on the school and library division and mail orders," Fournier said.
Stating that the price of commercial space "is totally out of sync with the size of city that we have," Fournier also noted that chain bookstores have taken a sizeable chunk of the market. "There is no room for independents [in Vancouver]," he said.
Duthie Books, one of Vancouver's best-known independent bookstores, also closed its doors earlier this year.
A book close-out sale is on now at Sophia Books, with a 40-percent discount on all books in stock. The sale will continue until the store's stock is depleted.
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