Munro’s Books, the venerable Victoria retailer launched 50 years ago by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro and her then husband, is being turned over to a team of senior employees to run.
Current owner Jim Munro, 84, has decided to retire and also to cede the 4,500-square foot operation on downtown Government Street to four employees to operate as of this September.
They are aiming to carry on the retailing tradition that has made the bookstore in a 1909-era former bank a book-buying destination in B.C.’s capital. The inventory hovers around 30,000 books at any given time.
The new operators will be store manager Jessica Walker, senior buyer Carol Mentha, comptroller Sarah Frye and operations manager Ian Cochran.