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Lichtman's, officially known as Lichtman's News and Books, was a Canadian chain of independent bookstores.[1] The company was established in 1909 with the opening of a shop in Toronto.[1]

It filed for bankruptcy protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in March 2000.[1][2] President Gerry Ruby stated that the company was losing sales to big box retailers Chapters and Indigo Books and Music, and internet retailers such as Amazon.[1][2]

In the preceding four years, the company's annual revenues had declined from $13.5 million to $9 million.[1] The company shifted focus to selling specialty publications in an attempt to staunch the declining revenues, but was ultimately unsuccessful.[1] Moreover, it was refused a renewal of its lease at Bayview Village because the landlord had guaranteed a new Chapters outlet it would be the only bookstore at that location.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Lichtman's files for bankruptcy protection". CBC News. 7 March 2000. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b Wilton, Dawn (31 March 2000). "Lichtman's surrenders in book war". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 October 2021.