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.