Greenley’s Bookstore in downtown Belleville, Ontario, will close its doors for the last time this Saturday.
Citing a combination of personal and economic reasons, owner Tammy Grieve discussed the closure with The Belleville Intelligencer:
What makes me really sad is our customers that I will really miss. They are my family…. We know most families that come here.
Greenley’s opened more than 30 years ago under founder Bill Greenley. Grieve took over ownership in 2007 after Greenley retired. She announced the store’s closure in November.
The bookstore is known for its “Michael Ondaatje story,” in which the author came into the store and asked for a book recommendation. Greenley didn’t recognize the customer and handed over one of Ondaatje’s own novels.