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Atlantic Books Closing in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- It's the end of an era for a popular bookstore chain in Delaware. Atlantic Books is going out of business after more than 30 years. The chain will close stores in Dover, Rehoboth and Bethany Beach.

Customers will now be left looking for other places to buy their books. Atlantic Books is the last major bookstore in Kent County. 

Customer Theresa Stancliff said, "It's almost as if you like a real book in your hands, you're not allowed anymore without driving and making the sacrifice. It's very disappointing."

People like Theresa love the feeling of a real book in their hands. But, a tough economy and the rising popularity of e-readers have made it difficult for general brick and mortar bookstores to compete.

Employees at Atlantic Books said they have gotten a lot of support from the community.

"The support has been amazing. The hugs have been helpful and the staff is holding each other up," said Marie Shane, the assistant manager of the Dover store.

Lines of people were in the Dover store Thursday taking advantage of closeout prices. Still, there is hope a smaller bookstore could take Atlantic Books' place.

Company officials said the stores should remain open through the holiday season. 

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