Independent Charlottetown bookstore up for sale

TC Media
Published on January 22, 2014
Adam Florian places some books for display at the Bookmark in Charlottetown. The store, which opened in 1972, is up for sell along with a second Bookmark in Halifax.
Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

A new chapter appears in the works for a long-running independent Charlottetown bookstore.

The late Rodney Jones opened the Bookmark in the capital city in 1972 and added a second store in Halifax in 1989.

Local architect Larry Jones says his brother's bookstores have done quite well.

"The stores are both profitable . . . it is the largest independent book store east of Montreal,'' he says.

"I think a large part of the key is he (Rodney) worked hard to fill the local niche. He was well located in downtown Charlottetown and downtown Halifax. He found a way to give better service than a lot of the large box stores can do.''

Rodney was active in the operation of the two stores right up till his death just over one year ago, says Larry.

Now it is time to turn a page on this successful business.

Larry says his brother's two children have their own careers away from P.E.I. and neither is prepared to come back here to get into the bookstore business.

However, since the Bookmark was put up for sale in November, considerable interest has been shown from potential buyers.

"Hopefully in the next few weeks we can start getting more serious with the short list of people,'' says Larry.

"To me, it seems like there is pretty good interest.''

Larry estimates the two stores employ about a dozen people.