Another long-time Durham business is calling it quits, and this one stings the readers among us.
The Book Exchange -- which has toiled since the beginnings of the Great Depression -- is closing its covers for good on February 14, according to this morning's Herald-Sun.
Still owned and run by the founder's daughter, a Miami-based attorney, the store had remained in the black until the last three years, but saw its sales deeply impacted by Internet sales and by university bookstores becoming more competitive.
The Book Exchange has been a fixture in local law school circles, with its staff knowing what books the profs at Central, Duke, UNC, and Campbell liked to use -- and what study guides and addenda might be best suited to steer through their courses.
"I know that a lot of people are going to be broken-hearted because there are a lot of people who just love that store and come in just to browse," Feinberg said.
She said customers were sometimes locked in after close because they had lost track of time browsing in one of the back rooms.
Sales will be running until the store closes on Feb. 14, Feinberg said.