A popular art supplies shop in Hong Kong will close down at the end of this month. The shop has long been the go-to supplier for design and visual arts students in the city.
Art Supplies Professional Ltd, in Mong Kok, announced on Facebook yesterday that it would go out of business on April 30.
The company did not give a reason in its notice for closing after more than 30 years, but Operations Manager Ms Poon explained it was because of the owner was retiring.
“The shop owner wants to retire, so we won’t reopen the shop or set up an online store,” Poon said in a phone interview with Young Post.
Many netizens were shocked by the shop’s closure. At the time of publication, the notice had received more than 1,300 shares on Facebook and more than 800 “sad” reactions.
“I used to buy art tools at your shop when I was in secondary school,” one commenter wrote. “Thank you for your important contribution to each and every artist.”
As a thank you to its customers, the store has cut prices on their products so that shoppers can stock up on the supplies they need.
“The massive discounts we have is our way of repaying [our] customers for their support,” Poon said.
“We hope people will come as soon as possible to get what they need.”