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Perkin’s My Bookshop to close

My Bookshop, the independent Melbourne bookstore owned by Corrie Perkin, is set to close, ‘a victim of Covid-19 lockdowns and lease negotiations’, reports the Age.

Perkin, who launched the Hawksburn shop 12 years ago, told the newspaper she, her customers and family were ‘devastated’, and that uncertainty about future lockdowns was behind her decision to close. ‘If there was a promise that for the rest of the year we would be free of any more lockdowns, then I would take the gamble,’ she said.

However, she said she had made the decision to close even before the current Melbourne lockdown. ‘When people aren’t going in your door and spending, it puts extra pressure on your personal finances and your business finances.’

The Age reports the store’s online retail site will continue, as will Perkin’s podcasts The Book Pod and football podcast Don’t Shoot the Messenger, while My Bookshop events will transfer to the neighbouring Cafe Latte.

The physical bookshop will close in the coming weeks.


Category: Local news