After forty years of unbroken service, Nicholas Hoare will be closing its Westmount store for good on New Year’s Eve.
Despite a welcome six-month reprieve, facilitated by both our accomodating landlords and Westmount’s redoubtable mayor, Peter Trent, we have now decided not to renew our lease in January, despite all attempts to do so, and to transfer ongoing business to our flagship store in Toronto instead.
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.
In the meantime, we are full speed ahead through Christmas and out the other side. Stock has never been higher or quality greater, and the range remains extraordinary. Indeed, even while we dismantle the store, we shall remain open for two hours a day in early January on an ad hoc basis to accomodate the usual credits and exchanges as an orderly run-off, with any subsequent transactions referred to Toronto for fulfilment. Notes at Random, our monthly mailer, will continue uninterruptedly from there, along with our website and blog.
In closing, we would be sadly remiss not to thank de profundis both our customers and staff for their unwavering support over the years. 1971 seems a very long time ago now, but no two days have ever been the same since; and the handling of a seemingly endless procession of hand-picked material has been a joy for all concerned.
You will be greatly missed.