Whilst some branches of Wesley Owen are still fighting to survive and raising support, news has emerged tonight of the Nottingham branch finally closing its doors.
A report posted this evening on thisisnottingham.co.uk notes that shop staff were only notified of the closure yesterday:
“We’re all shell-shocked,” said Sue Barrett, branch manager of the Castle Gate shop. “We knew it was going to happen. It’s just quicker than we expected. We are devastated.
“My biggest sadness is that there will no longer be a Christian bookshop in Nottingham.”
From: Bookshop closes after 25 years
Friday, January 08, 2010, 18:53
Previously trading as the Congregational Federation’s Castle Gate Bookshop, the Nottingham branch was one of Wesley Owen’s most recent acquisitions and its handover to Wesley Owen was expected to secure the future for both organisations:
Nottingham is a vibrant shopping centre with a strong history of Christian retailing, the lease on Wesley Owen’s existing store came to an end in January 08, and discussions were held between Wesley Owen and ourselves to explore the benefits of combining the 2 stores. The Castle Gate bookshop is superbly located, being just 50 metres from a main High St, and it quickly became obvious that a Wesley Owen store in the Castle Gate location would provide a great resource for the city and the Congregational Federation, and would give a secure foundation for the future for both retail ministries.