Time is running out for the little bookstore on Shoppers Row

Pirkko Anderson, owner of Coho Books, in front of her store. - Contributed
Pirkko Anderson, owner of Coho Books, in front of her store.
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he “for sale” sign has been in the front window for almost a year, but Coho Books on Shoppers Row has been unable to find a buyer.

Store owner Pirkko Anderson wants to retire, and she had hoped a buyer would be found so that she wouldn’t have to close the store down.  Her lease ends in February and she has decided not to renew it, so after February Campbell River will be without a book store that carries new books.

“I am saddened that the store will have to close,” says Anderson, “but the fact is that I am ready to retire.”

Coho Books opened in 2007, filling the void that was created when Page 11 Books, a longtime Campbell River institution, closed down.  Despite challenging economic times in recent years, the readers in Campbell River kept coming through the doors, surprising many people who thought the days of people buying print books were over.

“We have done well,” explains Anderson. “Campbell River has really supported Coho Books.  I think people value having an independent book store in their community.”

Coho Books is still open and ordering books until February. For more information call (250) 287-2336 or e-mail

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