Duthie Books to Close Down in Vancouver
Duthie Books is closing down its last remaining store due to overall lack of sales. Duthie is on Fourth Ave in Kitsilano, the second most expensive street in the city on which to do business. Duthie Books was a family-run chain of bookstores that once spread throughout Vancouver, though the Kits location is the last remaining shop.
Duthie Books will be holding its annual sale on january 28, but this time everything really must go. Any guesses on what will take over that spot on Fourth between Vine and Yew? It's a reasonably big storefront, so I'm thinking it won't be a local business.
Fourth Avenue is mostly comprised of small-footprint chain stores, interchangeable yoga clothing stores, and shops catering to young families. There are two good coffee places on Fourth Ave, though.
We have had 53 (mostly) happy years of bookselling in Vancouver. We have offered friendly recommendations, and stocked good books. For 53 years Duthies has provided a good book service to the city, championed BC and Canadian books, encouraged the public to read local writers, and helped to create a knowledgeable reading public. The book culture of Vancouver and BC has grown up and flourished around Duthies from publisher's reps to publishing houses , authors, illustrators, designers, printers, literary festivals, and university writing and publishing programs have emerged in the Duthies milieu and many Duthies alumni work in all parts of the book trade.