CHRISTIAN BOOK LOVERS in Derbyshire have cause to celebrate today as Buxton Christian Bookshop reopens under its new identity as Chapter and Verse.
The shop closed down on Christmas Eve last year as sales declined, the blame placed largely on online competition (see Amazon blamed again as another Christian bookshop prepares to close its doors), but a new Board of Trustees, encouraged by local churches, stepped in this year and announced plans to reopen:
The Buxton Christian Bookshop was closed in December last after 27 years of trading. With expressions of encouragement and support from local people and churches a new Board of Trustees has been appointed with a refreshed mission to serve the churches in Buxton and the surrounding areas, the Christian community and those interested in the Christian faith, and the shop is now being re-launched to open again on 1st July.
The shop premises are currently undergoing refurbishment which will result in a bright, fresh, comfortable and welcoming environment for customers inside and a new look externally. A completely new and interesting stock is being acquired with bibles, books of devotion and thought-provoking issues of ethical and religious interest, childrens’ [sic] bibles and books, quality cards, gifts and music. There will be a small second-hand book section with carefully selected quality books. A quiet area with comfortable seating is being provided in the rear room for people to relax and browse.
The shop is backed [sic] will be open to everyone, residents, students, visitors and tourists – a warm welcome will be extended to all from 1st July.
If you’re in the area, call in and cheer them on — and don’t forget to buy something while you’re there!
Although the shop opens today, the Official Opening ceremony takes place on Saturday 6th July: see the the facebook event page for full details — and sign up if you plan to be there!