Bookland announced via Facebook July 16 that it had closed its doors for a final time. The independent bookstore in York Township had been owned and run by Andy Chock since 2002.
”We had a lot of good customers who were there all the time, who would come and hang out and chit chat,” Chock said. “It was a surprise to everybody.”
“(But) many people stopped buying books,” he added. “Book sales were spiraling downward, magazine sales were spiraling downward, and money orders and lottery couldn’t cover the expenses.”
Online retailers and the rise of e-readers contributed to the problems, he said, making it difficult for smaller, brick-and-mortar stores like his to compete.
Last week, Chock cleared out his inventory from the rented storefront on South Queen Street. He’s not sure what his next step is, but said he’s moving forward.
“I wish the remaining booksellers the best,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it anymore. I put everything I had into the business and it just wasn’t working out.”
Also of interest:
— Chock spoke to the effects of “showrooming” in an April business article