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Final chapter for struggling Dymocks

After a 10-year stint in Albany, Dymocks will close in December, joining many other local businesses which have shut their doors in the last year.

Owner Deborah Congdon established the business with her late husband in 2008.

She said in the last year times had been tough, struggling with the high costs of rent and keeping up with online sales.

“The rent is too high, it’s ridiculous,” she said. “It is a financial struggle to keep up with the rent, and there isn’t anything we can do apart from close our doors.”

Ms Congdon said more and more customers would opt for an online purchase rather than waiting the two weeks to order a book in.

“To survive you have to be cheap and compete with online prices, you have to get the books in fast and you have to keep up with the ridiculous rent, and lately costs have been going up and up and book sales have been going down,” she said.

Sales assistant Suzanne McInnes.Sales assistant Suzanne McInnes.
Camera IconSales assistant Suzanne McInnes.Picture: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The business owner said the future of book shops in Albany is worrying. “I think in Australia it will be fine but in Albany it won’t survive, and that’s really sad,” she said.

“I am very sad to close doors, I have cried many days.

“It’s been emotional but nothing can be done.”

Dymocks is among other businesses to have closed their doors recently, including Bravo Shoes, Albany Surf and Skate, Movie HQ, Southern Stationery, Bush Fairy and Just Add Ice.

Ms Congdon said she would like to see a change in the local council.

“There needs to be more support, more guidance and more communication,” she said.

“This end of York Street is struggling and we aren’t getting any help or support. It would have been nice to have received a flyer before they organised some Perth mystery shopper to pick us apart.

“If the council don’t step up and change, I think there will be a lot more businesses closing their doors and it’s very sad.

“I worry for the future of local business on York Street.”

Dymocks will close its doors on December 6.

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