Food For Thought Books
Like losing a child, it's almost impossible to describe to those who have not endured it the heartbreak that coincides with locking the door to your long-time business one last time.
In America -- built on the unforgiving survival of the fittest model -- it happens all the time.
A majority of small business start ups fail to celebrate their first anniversary, and the vast majority do not make it to double digits.
Food For Thought Books' run of 38 years was stellar.
The Internet has, after all, changed everything -- giving consumers the instant ability to find exactly what they want at the cheapest price possible. Even worse for book and record stores or DVD rental shops (or print newspapers): the very nature of the product has been transformed from physical to digital.
Jeffery Amherst Books closed in town center half dozen years ago after 70 years in business
The upside is when consumers pay less for products they keep more money in their pockets, which they can spend on other products at another -- hopefully local -- business.
The downside is now we have another vacant commercial spot in the heart of Amherst, a town with far too few businesses as it is.