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Nicholas Hoare’s Westmount bookshop to close

When 2012 draws to a close, so will Nicholas Hoare’s bookstore in Westmount, Quebec, a mainstay in the Island of Montreal city for 40 years.

In June, Hoare received a hand from Westmount mayor Peter Trent, who helped negotiate a temporary rent freeze with the bookseller’s landlord in hopes of saving the Green Street location. Six months later, Hoare has decided not to renew the lease.

On the store’s blog, Hoare writes:

We close with immense regret; but given the parlous state of the publishing and music industries in general and traditional book and CD retailing in particular, the wisdom of renewing our lease in January is moot. Our unorthodox, if otherwise successful, experiment this summer, in which we agreed wholeheartedly to continue operations, on condition that our customers decide whether we go or stay, has more than enabled the community to speak – and we have listened. In that sense alone, the experiment has worked.

The store will remain open during the Christmas season, and for limited hours in early January to accommodate credits and exchanges.

In April, Hoare closed down its Ottawa location. A third outlet, located on Front Street in Toronto, remains open.

  • j e l e n a

    Oh no!!! This is so sad, such a loss for Montreal. I was walking past Hoare’s only yesterday with my boyfriend and we were remeniscing about our happy times at the store.
    You will be sorely missed.

  • Linda

    This is like a death in the family! Montreal will miss you Hoare’s. I hope you will be as the phoenix who rises from the ashes & prospers in your future endeavors. Thanks for the memories.

  • John Stix

    I think it would be great if somebody with a love of books and some money could buy and run the Nicholas Hoare bookstore. It’s already an amazing place; think of the opportunities to make it even better. How about making it Canada’s Best Bookstore? Let’s aim big people! That magic somebody could install an espresso bar. He or she could open a new section selling and/or renting art house DVD’s. There could be another section with unusual and outstanding stationary products – check out Nota Bene on Parc just north of Sherbrooke, which is the best and most unusual stationary store I have ever seen. There could be periodic author readings as Paragraph does. One could consider making some sort of alliance with Oink Oink down the street to sell the best kids books anywhere in North America! These are just a few ideas which come to mind; with a bit of creativity, we have an awesome opportunity here if someone wants to step to the plate.

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