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December 29, 2012

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Paperback Swap N' Shop closing after 38 years on Webster Street

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Tonawanda News — All books at the shop are currently 80 percent off their cover price. Everything that's left after the store's closing day Jan. 26 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity's Buffalo ReUse.

And then Spencer — who has only taken three days off over the past 19 years, when her daughter was married — will move on to the next phase of her life, although she's not sure what it will entail right now.

"I will miss my customers," she said. "Some of them have been visiting here longer than I have. They're the readers. They're slowing down, but aren't we all?"

Soemann said that can be the hardest part when a longtime store closes its doors.

"Customers are like family when you're in business," he said. "You see these people day in and day out throughout the years. I think that's the thing that's the hardest for people when you close a store or retire."

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