End of road for City Hall News

Iconic Victoria business closing this month after 99 years

City Hall News is only six months away from its centennial, but owner Bob Streeter, 73, won’t be around to celebrate.

Originally opened in 1915, Victoria’s largest selection of newspapers and magazines have been in the hands of the Streeter family since Bob’s father bought the store in the mid-50s. Looking to retire, but unable to let go of the shop, he sold it to his son, a pipefitter by trade who had grown weary of working in camps.

Spending his last few weeks in the shop, Streeter pins the closing on the decline of the print industry, as well as nearby offices being consolidated by the provincial government, which he estimates has cost him around 300 customers over the past year. On top of a fading clientele, Streeter was diagnosed with cancer in January.

“I guess you could say the writing was on the wall,” he jokes.

City Hall News carries publications on nearly every issue, “even ukelele.” Of the 3,500 titles carried by his supplier, Streeter boasts that most of them have a spot on his shelves.

“I’ve always tried to supply what the people want,” says Streeter. “If there’s somebody out there looking for it, I need to have it.”

While Streeter has no serious plans for retirement, he hopes to spend time in New Zealand or England, partly for the fish and chips. He says he’ll miss his customers the most.

“I’ve had customers come in to tell me how much they appreciated the store, and that they won’t be able to get their favourite magazine anymore,” says Streeter. “It’s been really nice.”

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Most Read