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Sunny Bookshop to close down

Rising overheads and changes in reading habits are leading to the closure of the bookshop

Published on Aug 4, 2014 1:23 PM
Bookshop owner Melissa Low cannot find anyone to take over the business. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Sunny Bookshop, which has become an institution among local book lovers since it started in 1985, will cease operations on Aug 20.

Current owner Melissa Low, 52, says she feels "very sad" but has no choice. The reasons include rising overheads, changes in reading habits and not being able to find any successors.

She bought the business from owner Sunny Thum in 2001. At that point, she already had four to five outlets of San Bookshop under her belt. She had kept the name as Sunny Bookshop was "very popular" then and had an established customer base.

She tells Life! the two brands have been marketed differently. For Sunny, it was about "personal touch and personal service", while San was more about convenience of location.

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