Tri-Cities residents are mourning the loss of their last remaining second-hand book shop.
Peggy Littlejohn has been a resident of Port Moody for forty years and says she is disappointed to see Terry Stillman’s Jolly Olde Bookstore close.
“He’s been very much a part of the community for a long time and I’ll be very sad and sorry to see him go.”
Littlejohn has been a resident of Port Moody for forty years.
She buys books for her family and residents of a nearby seniors home at Stillman’s shop and says she will miss having a low-priced book shop near her home.
Stillman says business has has declined since workers started building the Evergreen Line began.
“Construction started on the Evergreen Line, that disrupted traffic and people started avoiding Clarke Street and they never really came back.”
Stillman has been in the business of used books for many years and says he’s never expected to make a fortune but is disappointed that he’s been operating at a loss.
He hopes to open a new shop in White Rock, where more of his clientele is concentrated.
“There’s a lot of seniors, retired people in White Rock who still read books, so I’m hoping to capture that market down there.”
In the mean time, Stillman says he is offering steep discounts on his books.
The store will remain open through July 31.