We have come to reflect on what this One for the Books has taught us,'' he said.
One for the Books opened in 1976 in Newhall's Plaza Posada.
But supporters of One for the Books fired a final, parting shot Monday.
Faith and a sense of civic duty kept One for the Books in the fight until now, Heidt said.
When One for the Books closes its doors, the Santa Clarita Valley's roughly 175,000 residents will have just two locally owned retail bookstores, both small and both affiliated with religious groups.
said the company's expansion is driven by economics, not the undercutting of independent stores such as One for the Books.
Historically, in towns such as ours, a lot of the heart and soul is the fact that the small retailers were people who were your neighbors,'' said Ben Boydston, artistic director for the Canyon Theatre Guild and a longtime customer of One for the Books.
One for the Books also carries two books that are perhaps the only detailed history books specific to the Santa Clarita Valley: ``A California Legend'' by Ruth Waldo Newhall and ``Valley of the Golden Dream'' by Jerry Reynolds.
But a local flavor was not enough to help One for the Books compete with big advertising budgets, economies of scale and deep discounts.