02/21/2014 12:51 EST | Updated 04/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Toronto's iconic Cookbook Store says it will shut doors after year of challenges

TORONTO - The Cookbook Store announced Friday that it is closing after 31 years.

In the fall, manager Alison Fryer had said that they would seek out new premises after it was announced that a condominium would be built on the site of the tiny space which has hosted countless authors over the years, including Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain.

"This past year has thrown more challenges to us than ever before. Never ending, and ongoing, year-long road and utilities construction, extreme weather, online competition and the sale of the building for condominium development have had a devastating impact on our sales," the store said in a release.

"We have considered new locations, but after much searching it has not proven feasible at this time."

The Yorkville store, which has been a destination for foodies, said it would be having a closing sale starting Saturday.



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