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Say goodbye to Old Doc’s Discount Liquor

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Don “Doc” Casperson in 2009.

Sad news: Old Doc’s Discount Liquor is closing. The first location, at Cedar and Nees avenues, is already closed. The other one, at Bullard and Marks avenues, is scheduled to be open until Dec. 30.

Doc — Don Casperson — is 74. His wife, Elaine, has already retired from teaching, and another business partner has retired too. The couple is ready for a break. (Trivia tidbit: He got the nickname Doc because he has a doctorate in education. He came here to teach health science at Fresno State and opened a little liquor store on the side.)

Competition from the newly opened BevMo! and other places was not a factor, the couple says. You can read more about the decision to close in today’s column, but as Doc said:

“We’re just at the point where we can’t put the time and energy into it, and hopefully people will have very positive memories of what we’ve done since 1979.”

The Bullard and Marks store is having a sale. Now might be a good time to stock up, and say goodbye.

Responses to "Say goodbye to Old Doc’s Discount Liquor"

Traci Arbios says:

This makes me so sad. I love Old Doc’s shops!

doug says:

As time goes by, the new replaces the old .but the truth here is that you can buy the same products cheaper in terms of alcohol .Buy a bottle of absolute vodka from docs and buy the same bottle at costco and then were do you think would go ?

ed says:

man, this story is like 4 weeks behind schedule. old doc’s started their going out of business sales about a month ago (if i remember the sign right it was on nov. 4). if you want to stock up, you probably missed your chance. i went in to both locations only a few days after it started and a lot of the inventory had sold. maybe you’ll still happen upon something, so give it a shot.

i agree with traci that it’s sad that they’re going out of business, but i also think that it’s the fate of local businesses if they don’t pass the torch of ownership & find ways to keep alive vs the big chains.

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