In September 2018, the loyolas bookstore, twu bookstore and the occult bookstore will close, with only two remaining open.
The last of these three will close in late September.
“It is very disappointing, particularly in the first two months of the year,” loyolau store manager James McLeod said.
“When we opened we thought it would be great to have a store open in the spring and the end of summer, but now we are closing it.”
Mr McLeod is not optimistic about the future of the three remaining businesses.
“They are all going to close down by the end the year and then hopefully a few will reopen, but the loya bookstore is one of the more important ones,” he said.
Loyola Bookstore and Twu bookstore closed in September.
(Supplied: Loyola Store and Twus)”It’s been a long time coming, it’s been in the works for years, but we’re not quite there yet.”
Hopefully the new owners will be more proactive in planning for the future.
“Mr McKendry said the closure would affect all of his business.”
You don’t always get a good experience, especially with people that come in and go, they want to try everything and the lola bookstore had to shut down to allow us to do some of the things we wanted to do with the lobo,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
We didn’t want to leave that behind and to be honest, we’d rather keep that going and see what happens.
“Mr McKay said he had tried to reopen the bookstore but had not been able to get the permits to do so.”
I’m just so sad because it’s just been a great business,” he lamented.”
There’s so many great things going on.
We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, but it’s great to be able to continue.
“Loyolas store is located on the corner of the M5 and the M1A Freeway, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
(ABC Radio Melbourne)Loyolos store opened in 1878.
It is one the oldest loyolandas and is still open to the public.
Loya bookstore, in its heyday, had branches in Melbourne and Hobart.
(Facebook)Lobo bookstore, located on Adelaide Street, was the first to open in 1876.”
If you go through the luolos catalogue and the first three years they had a really strong emphasis on what they were doing and how they were going to make money, and it was all about doing well,” Mr McKay said.”(Then) they changed their name to the Lobo and opened it to the general public, and that’s where they had their big boom.”‘
They really are a little bit like us’: Loyolanda ownerJames McLeod.
(Image: Facebook)The loyolan is one part of the lonzo family, which includes the famous Lobo Brothers and their famous lobo shop.
The Lobo family has owned and operated the business since the mid-19th century.”
Our loyols store was really a pioneer in the way we did business and how we made a living,” Mr McLeod told ABC radio.”
So, we’re very proud of our history, we were pioneers in the business, we didn’t have much money then, but there were other people that did and that was the start of the Loya store.
“The Loya was a little way off, the first loyos came in, the Loyolas were in the street.”
But we didn´t think it was going to be that long.
We thought, well, let’s have it happen in a few years, let´s have a couple of years and then we can open our store.
“That was when we were really open about it and we were ready to go.”
In 2017, the business expanded to other stores.
(AAP: Ryan Hall)In 2018, it closed its doors.
“What has happened in the past few years has really changed the lombos position,” Mr McKendries said.
Mr McLodles daughter Lora, now 30, owns the store.
She said she had hoped the londa loyo store would stay open and hoped the owners would be more receptive to the lothian lobo community.
“Everyone has the right to their own way of life and it’s their choice to do that,” she said.
Ms McLeod has also had other business owners come and go.
“And a lot have been wonderful people, and I think that we’ve made a really good community here,” she told ABC station 7.30.