VANCOUVER, March 28 -- Canada's oldest Chinese print shop in Vancouver's Chinatown closed Friday, ending its 106 years of history.
The owner of the shop, 81-year-old Hilda Lam, said she closed the business because there was not enough market for the high-end printing the company specialized in. She has also planned to retire.
She put the century-old building on the market last year and sold for 1.65 million Canadian dollars (1.5 million U.S. dollars).
The company was started by Lam's ancestor in Vancouver in 1906 and became a Chinatown staple since then, doing printing for Chinese restaurants all across Canada, in both English and Chinese.
Many of the presses the company owned were antiques and attracted interest from boutique printers across North America.
"All the machines are gone, except for that Linotype over there that's broken down," Lam said.
She was not sure what the future holds for the building, which was probably built around the 1910s, except saying "some Asian guy bought the building."