Nova Scotia

Sagor's Bookstore closing in Bridgewater

Sagor's Bookstore, which has been in business in Bridgewater for 42 years, is closing its doors because the company says it can't compete with new technology.

Sagor's Bookstore to close

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Sagor's Bookstore, which has been in business in Bridgewater for 42 years, is closing its doors because the company says it can't compete with new technology.

"It's a very sad day," said Ron Topp, co-owner of Sagor's Bookstore.

"Of all the people we're going to miss so badly, our customers are so special to us."

Sagor's is one of two bookstores in Bridgewater, the biggest town on Nova Scotia's south shore. The store has seen generations of families become loyal customers.

"I would come with my mom, we'd visit in the office and explore the bookshelves and look at all the new story books," said Lucy Steele.

"We'd come in after Christmas and we'd go through all the books that were on Boxing Day sales."

The owners of Sagor's Bookstore said they made the decision to close the store because it can't compete with new technology that has hit the market, in the form of e-readers and online bookstores.

Marie Hogan-Loker, a customer of Sagor's Bookstore for 15 years, said it's a sad reality.

"It's like losing part of the heart of the town and really for the region, because it's the main neighbourhood bookstore," she told CBC News.

"You could count on finding something that wasn't everywhere else."

Topp and Susan Goodwin, the co-owners of Sagor's Bookstore, said they aren't sure what lies ahead for them. The business has not made much money in the last few years and neither of them is ready to retire.

Goodwin said when the store shuts down, it will be tough to walk away from the decades of memories inside.

"We've made a lot of friends here over the years and it's really become my social life as well as my business life," she said.

"I think there will be relief at the end to be finished with it because it's been stressful for the last couple of years."

The store's closing sale will continue until Christmas Eve.

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