Two Vancouver Independent Booksellers Announce Exciting Development

VANCOUVER, July 5 /CNW/ - A new development in Vancouver's independent bookselling community is about to take place. Former Duthie Books Manager Ria Bleumer has announced she will open a new full-service bookstore at 2025 West Fourth Avenue, currently a Book Warehouse location. The new store will be named Sitka Books & Art.

Both Ms. Bleumer and Book Warehouse President Sharman King are pleased with the upcoming transition. Mr. King said, "Vancouver's book community of readers, authors, publishers and independent booksellers needs and deserves a full-service independent bookstore to fill the void left by the recent closure of Duthie Books. Book Warehouse has five other stores within about a two-mile radius, so we have made the decision to offer the Fourth Avenue location to Ms. Bleumer."

For Ria Bleumer the location is a dream come true. "It's only two blocks from where I sold books for over 16 years, on the North side between Arbutus and Maple. The space is already set up to be a bookstore. The time and money required to build a bookstore from scratch is the biggest challenge in opening a new store, and that problem has been quickly and simply eliminated. I am confident that former customers will find us easily and we will do an aggressive advertising campaign to gain new customers."

The location will close as a Book Warehouse by July 15 and Ria Bleumer hopes to open Sitka Books & Art by mid to late August.

SOURCE Book Warehouse

For further information: For further information: For Sitka Books & Art: Ria Bleumer, Phone 604.689.2576,; For Book Warehouse: Sharman King, President, Phone and cel 604 928 0444,

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