IN A BRIEF MESSAGE TO SUPPLIERS Ray George, Chairman of Trustees for Living Oasis and the head of Nationwide Christian Trust, has acknowledged the closure of the Aberdeen and Inverness stores and advised that Bedford, Belfast and Sutton will be closed during “the next few weeks.”
The message, dated yesterday, March 1st 2011, begins with the observation that recent trading “has not been easy” and indicates that this year got off to a bad start “with poor sales” before announcing the decision to implement closures. No mention is made of the situation with CLC in Inverness and no information is given about whether any provision, such as offering redeployment to other branches, has been made for bookshop staff.
We are committed wherever possible to open our Phase Two programme which is starting in Leeds and Liverpool. There are also discussions underway for implementing Phase Two in other cities around the country. Phase Two of our programme is showing sustainability and this is the right platform for us to build for the future.
The message concludes with a notice to suppliers that any goods ordered for the shops that have been closed or slated for closure “can no longer be delivered” and advises those with queries about this to contact Julie Jowett, National Sales Manager, “who will help you further.”
No further information about the nature of the “Phase Two” developments is offered and no indication of timescale is given. The message contains no request for prayer or other support, either for the organisation or for the staff of the closed/closing branches whose lives have been thrown into turmoil.