Christian book chain Living Oasis has announced its third store closure in just over a week, with Weston-super-Mare the latest branch to cease trading.
Ray George, head of the Nationwide Christian Trust, which owns the chain, said the shop will close “within two weeks”, making two staff redundant.
This follows the closure of the Nottingham and Worthing branches just over a week ago, where seven people in total lost their jobs. In March and May, Living Oasis also announced it was shutting six other branches, including Edinburgh. The new closures reduce the once 19-strong book chain, all formerly Wesley Owen bookshops, to just 10… Read the full report >>
By my count, however, we’re now down to 8 branches, of which only 6 are currently trading:
- Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
- Chester, Cheshire
- Harrogate, North Yorkshire
- Leeds, West Yorkshire*
- Liverpool, Merseyside*
- South Woodford, London
- Watford, Hertfordshire
* Leeds and Liverpool remain temporarily closed pending “Phase 2” developments.
Whatever the count, however, it’s a tragedy for everyone caught up in it…