The final chapter has arrived for a town centre bookshop that has served the local community for more than 11 years.
Milngavie Bookshop owner Susan Frize says the time is right to hang up her bookmark and spend more time with her family, as the shop lease is coming up for renewal in February.
Susan said: “I originally had a lease for nine years, and tried to sell the business two years ago, but got no buyers. I then offered the business to people in the trade, but still no one would take it off my hands. So now I have decided to cease trading.”
Susan has seen a steady decline in the number of people coming into her bookshop, but very grateful to the many loyal customers who have stuck by her over the years.
She added: “It will be a sad day when I finally shut up shop, but I am getting to the age where I want to enjoy my grandchildren. One of them lives in England and another is in the Philippines. It will be great to be able to spend more time with them.”
The bookshop owner said she had felt the impact of online book buying from the likes of Amazon, but also said Kindle had affected her sales too, adding: “I’ve had a good innings, so shouldn’t complain. I have some great memories.”