UKCBD News Roundup: The Changes, Clearances and Closures Edition (Updated 12/6/2012)

OUTSIDE, IT’S RAINING; and as I prepare this mixed bag of news it feels like it’s raining inside too — but no: the sun is breaking through, rainbows are appearing over Coleraine, Derby, Glasgow and Newtownards and whilst there may not be a pot of gold at the end, there’s definitely hope on the horizon. If you’re a member of the Christian Authors, Booksellers & Publishers group on facebook you’ll already be familiar with most of these stories; otherwise, read on and please pray for everyone affected by the various changes and closures. The shockwaves from 2009’s collapse of STL UK continue to roll over us…

A-Z by location:

Coleraine: FM Signage Installed

A PICTURE paints a thousand words, so I’ll say no more and leave you to rejoice with the crew at Coleraine:

FM Bookshop Coleraine

New signage installed in Coleraine: Goodbye Wesley Owen, hello Faith Mission

Next up, Glasgow – see below!

Comber: Revival Over

SAD NEWS has emerged from Comber as the Revive Bookstore & Coffee House — which opened with high hopes in August 2010, less than two years ago (screenshot below) — was reported ceased trading last month. Although no official announcement appears to have been made by the company (website currently flagged as temporarily down for maintenance), other sources have confirmed the closure report.

Revive Comber: Store Opening Announcement, August 2010

Revive Comber: Store Opening Announcement, August 2010

Derby: Cathedral Steps into the Gap

CONGRATULATIONS to Peter Goddard, former manager of Wesley Owen Derby (ceased trading March 2012) but now working as manager at the soon-to-be-opened Derby Cathedral Centre Bookshop. In a message to supporters dated 29 May 2012, Peter wrote:

We are pleased to inform you that we will be opening the Derby Cathedral Centre Bookshop for business on Monday 18th June. It is unlikely that the adjacent Café will be open by then, so the official opening ceremony will take place at a later date.

The shop will trade 9:00 – 17:00; Monday to Saturday.

We are able to take orders prior to this date, by e-mail; phone or letter. Orders can be collected from the Cathedral Centre Office on the second floor of the Centre. Payment during this period can be by cash; cheque or invoice. Once the shop is open, credit and debit card payments will also be accepted.

This bookshop is intended as a Christian offering to whole community of Derby and the surrounding area. It will be linked to the Cathedral Café which will occupy the other half of the ground floor of the Cathedral Centre. The Bookshop will however, be much more than a commercial enterprise. Not only will it make resources available to churches and individuals, but it will also be a meeting place for all who wish to explore matters of faith.

The Cathedral Bookshop will therefore be not only a resource to be exploited, but also a mission to be supported.

Many thanks to all of you who played a part in making this offering possible and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Best wishes, Peter

Peter Goddard, Manager
(Formerly Manager of the Wesley Owen Bookshop Derby)

Glasgow: Farewell Wesley Owen, Hello Faith Mission

Wesley Owen Store Info

Wesley Owen Store Info

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T seems to be the way of things with Wesley Owen this year, with shops either closed at a moment’s notice or simply deleted from the company’s ever-shrinking Store Info page: only two stores now remain, Birmingham, at Carrs Lane Church, and York’s Barbican Bookshop.

Glasgow is the latest store to vanish — but only to re-emerge as Faith Mission, I’m told:

Leeds: Goodbye to Leeds City Books

Leeds City Books Closing Sale, May 2012

Leeds City Books Closing Sale, May 2012

ANOTHER SHOP CLOSURE as Leeds City Mission have had to pull the plug on their Kirkgate Market store, Leeds City Books, which ceased trading at the end of May. Dagmar Truman, Leeds City Mission admin, explains:

I am sorry to say that we had to close down the Leeds City Bookshop in the market the end of May, because there are no funds right now to keep it open. We hope to reopen again, maybe in a different location, as the Lord guides and provides.

Newtownards: A Busy Sunday School Season

ON A BRIGHTER NOTE and a happy departure from the changes, clearances and closures theme, some good news from Ards Evangelical Bookshop, reporting at the end of May on a busy and rewarding Sunday School prizegiving season. Ricky McCoubrey writes:

It’s very encouraging how many Christian books and Bibles go into the hands (and homes) of children in this part of the country. It makes it very worthwhile to be part of it. Also busy preparing some new titles in our publishing sideline, Crimond House Publications.

Update, 12/6/2010
Delighted to say that David Hambleton, Bookshop Manager, has been in touch to confirm that St Andrew’s Oxford are “still here as we have been for the last 64 years” and their Head Office has been asked to correct the omission from their website as soon as possible.

Oxford: The St Andrew’s Mystery

ANOTHER CASE of “now you see it, now you don’t”, but this time it’s from the St Andrew’s Bookshop chain as their Oxford St Clements Street branch appears to have disappeared during their recent website overhaul and is no longer featured in their list of stores.

The shop is still listed by the Booksellers Association but having received no reply from St Andrew’s to my enquiries, I’ve followed the lead of the official St Andrew’s branch list and flagged the shop’s UKCBD entry as “Ceased trading?”. If you, gentle reader, know otherwise or have any other relevant information, please let me know or leave a comment here…

St Austell: Summer Clearance at SACREdplace

SACREd News June 2012 (pdf, 381 kb)

SACREd News June 2012 (pdf, 381 kb)

NOT A CLOSING CLEARANCE — Hallelujah! — but a grand Summer Sale is underway at SACREdplace in St Austell, Cornwall, running alongside some superb deals including a very fitting title for June’s Book of the Month, Fighting Fear with Faith, normal price £7.99, offer price £3.99.

But there’s more, much more, with 3 for 2 on Children’s Summer Savers, £6 Fiction Offers and greetings cards normally priced at £1.50 each on offer at 6 for £5. Grab a copy of SACREd News June 2012 (pdf, 381 kb) for full details or sign up to receive future newsletters.

Update, 12/6/2010
Via CLC Stockport’s facebook page:
Final Clearance Sale: Everything 75% off
St Mary’s Church
Friday 15/6/2012:
10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 4pm
Saturday 16/6/2012: 10am to 4pm
Please spread the word…

Stockport: Salvage Stock Clearance at CLC

SALVAGE WORK is continuing in the aftermath of the fire at CLC Stockport and today sees the end of the shop’s three-day salvage sale at St Mary’s Church, 10am – 4pm. This brief report courtesy of Phil Burnham, National Director, summarises the situation:


In the early hours of Monday 28th May, the new-build four storey office and apartment block (nearing completion) adjoining the building where CLC rents a ground floor shop unit was destroyed by fire. Although our building was saved, the roof above the shop was badly damaged. A great deal of water came through the shop ceiling destroying much of the stock and rendering the electrics unsafe.

CLC will have to leave the present shop for at least six months. We are actively looking for a short term lease on another shop, if possible close by. A salvage sale of the damaged stock will take place Thursday 7th June (10 am – 1.30pm), Friday 8th and Saturday 9th (10am -4pm) at St. Mary’s Church, in the nearby market place.

The CLC shop team are thankful for all the messages of support, offers of assistance and the prayers of our customers and colleagues in CLC and the wider Christian book trade.

CLC Stockport…

Swansea: Farewell to Bethel Holiness Mission Bookshop

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, farewell to the Bethel Holiness Mission Bookshop in Swansea. In a notice posted by Christian Book Ministries (pdf, 70kb),  the Revd Dave Owen explains:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bethel Christian Bookshop will cease to trade this month, we would very much like the stock that we have to go to other Christian Bookshops, therefore, we have put together this price list for bookshops to purchase. Some of the prices are well bellow [sic] half price (we feel that we need to do this, in order not to see sound Christian literature wasted).