The Fars' bookshop, Island Bay Stationers, has been open for 43 years. They are ready to close up shop, but have not decided on a closing date.
Online shopping had caused many bookshops to close, but the reason for closing was simpler than that for the Fars. They were ready to retire.
Fay Far, 82, said she and Bill Far, 90, were "much too old" to be running the shop.
"We've been around for a while," Fay said.
Bill said they planned to "do nothing" after retiring. "I won't miss the shop but I will miss the people."
The Fars sold their house to buy the bookshop in 1973. They lived above the bookshop with their young family, later building a home at the back of the property.