VANCOUVER, March 15, 2012 /CNW/ - "Our leases are expiring and so are
we," explained founder Sharman King in announcing the closure. "We've
had a fantastic three decades of bookselling in Greater Vancouver.
We're leaving with no regrets and many, many happy memories of
customers, colleagues, suppliers and books.
"Bookselling in Canada can be a difficult proposition at the best of
times, and discount bookselling adds even more difficulty. We were
successful for so many years because of our incredible staff, and they
have been extremely loyal through the difficult decision to close. A
business is nothing more than its customers and staff, and we have been
blessed with the loyalty of both."
King says that he has especially valued Book Warehouse's participation
in the cultural life of Vancouver. "Because the owners were all
musicians we naturally sought out partnerships with publishers, other
booksellers and performing arts organizations. We've had long
relationships with Vancouver Opera, The Cultch, Bard on the Beach,
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Playhouse, MusicFest Vancouver, Vancouver Kids' Festival, Vancouver
Writers and Readers Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival and many, many
more arts organizations. We're really going to miss working with these
groups - they define our community."
Book Warehouse started as a remainder bookstore at 632 West Broadway in
1980 and quickly grew to a promotional multi-store bookseller by
pioneering a customer-first policy of discounting every book including
all current and bestselling titles. The discounts ranged from at least
twenty percent to the truly absurd. At times books were sold for nine
cents, or by the pound, or by the foot. At one time customers were
even PAID a nickel to take a book. Book Warehouse is remembered for
its humorous print and television advertising featuring the owner with
a tuba or a trombone. "We've had a lot of fun," says King, "and we've
sold well over ten million books, all at great prices. By any measure,
that brought a lot of reading pleasure and a lot of savings for our
Book Warehouse will be selling all its stock and fixtures. The closing
sale will be in full swing by Thursday March 15 and will continue for
several weeks. King says, "There is over a mile of books on our
shelves - that's a lot of books (and a lot of bookshelves!) to sell.
We have to sell all of them, and we hope to be as outlandish and to
have as much fun in our closing sale as we've ever had. Who knows what
we'll be doing as the weeks go on? We sort of forgot to stop ordering
books, so our warehouse is jammed with thousands more books. We'll
keep putting them into the stores, which should give many opportunities
for our customers to say their goodbyes to their favorite booksellers,
and walk away with even more incredible bargains.
"All joking and business considerations aside, it's been a great ride
for these 32 years. That's entirely thanks to the hundreds of dedicated
staff and many thousands of customers we've had over the years, and
that will be the memory we will all take away from our bookselling
adventure. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported Book Warehouse
as a customer, supplier or employee."
SOURCE Book Warehouse
For further information:
Sharman King 604 928 0444