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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.

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.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Dy­mocks sales as­sis­tant Suzanne McInnes.

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