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After decades in Aberdeen Mall, Coles bookstore is closing

The Aug. 8 closure of Coles leaves Kamloops with a smattering of bookstores.
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The bookstore that has been part of Aberdeen Mall for almost three decades will close for good on Sunday, Aug. 8.

The final chapter is being written for Coles.

The bookstore that has been part of Aberdeen Mall for almost three decades will close for good on Sunday, Aug. 8.

Coles has been selling books and other goods in the mall since 1993, but parent company Indigo has decided its story will now end.

“Our store has become a place for people to gather and be inspired. We could not have done it without our wonderful staff and our incredible customers,” a statement from Indigo reads.

KTW contacted Indigo to ask why Coles is closing and was provided with the following statement via email:

“As part of our normal business practices, we regularly review and optimize our real estate portfolio. We consider many factors when we make these decisions.

"After 28 wonderful years, Coles Aberdeen Mall will close to the public end of day August 7, 2021. We remain deeply dedicated to serving the Kamloops community close by at Chapters Kamloops and are always available at indigo.ca, where customers can enjoy the same great experience and products they know and love. We are working closely with all employees to ensure they are fully supported through this transition.”

Indigo also owns the Chapters bookstore chain. The Kamloops Chapters location is immediately west of Aberdeen Mall, in Aberdeen Village.

The closure of Coles leaves the city with a smattering of bookstores, including Chapters and used book stores Andrena’s (behind Superstore in Sahali), Legends (at Pacific Way and Hillside Drive in Dufferin), The Book Place (downtown at 248 Third Ave.) and St. Joseph’s Christian Book and Gift Supply (downtown at 256 Nicola St.)

Do you know of other bookstores in Kamloops we may have missed on our list? If so, email the information to editor@kamloopsthisweek.com.