The closure of a landmark local bookstore after 30 years of trading has sent shock waves through the community, with declining sales and a generational change in reading habits to blame.
Mansour Ardestani opened Oracle Books at Spit Junction in 1991, but paper-thin margins, the explosion of e-commerce and fewer purchases have led him to a “heartbreaking” early retirement.
Owner Mansour Ardestani has owned Oracle Books since 1991 and says he will retire after years of serving the community. Image: Graham Monro gmphotographics
Mr Ardestani told Mosman Collective the once bustling shop offering the latest release books, toys, journals, puzzles, and stationery will close for the last time in mid-December.
“It has been a heartbreaking decision, but the booming days of book sales have gone,” he said.
“There is so much competition now from e-commerce, and many people choose to read on their computers these days.
“We have served the community for three decades, but it is time for us to say goodbye,” Mr Ardestani said.
Customers have flocked to the shop since hearing the news, Mr Ardestani said.
He said customers have flocked to the store since news of the closure spread, with many in tears.
“Our regulars are shocked, and everyone is upset,” Mr Ardestani said.
“They are saying: ‘What are we going to do without you?’
“It will be very sad when we close the doors for the last time in December.”