MANY READERS will no doubt be aware that Wesley Owen, once the UK’s largest chain of Christian bookshops, is now no more. This post is simply for the sake of completion, drawing a line under what has been a prolonged and, for many, painful saga.
The closure of wesleyowen.com took place quietly earlier this year as part of a larger decision to transfer Authentic’s distribution services to Marston Book Services. All that now remains of the company is a notice, referring customers to Authentic. Continue reading
DESPITE WESLEY OWEN’S DECISION to close its Birmingham store as the company moves over to online-only operations, the legacy of Christian bookselling in this part of the city is set to continue with CLC Birmingham preparing to move into the vacated premises at Carrs Lane Church Centre. The shop has a remarkable history spanning 120 … Continue reading
TODAY sees the final day of trading for three branches of the former high street Christian bookshop chain, Wesley Owen: Birmingham, York (aka The Barbican Bookshop) and Kingston-upon-Thames, the latter rescued and rebranded as a CLC Bookshop when the rest of the group collapsed back in late 2009. Both Birmingham and York were already flagged … Continue reading
NOVEMBER 5TH 2013 heralded the end of an era for the Christian book trade as the closure of Wesley Owen’s last physical store, its Birmingham branch, was announced via facebook for the end of this year. Please pray for all the staff affected.
The announcement reads:
“It is with great sadness that we tell you that Wesley Owen Birmingham will be closing down at the end of the year. We’d like to thank you all for your support and custom over the years. You will still be able to purchase all the same great products from http://www.wesleyowen.com in the future, simply using your Wesley Owen membership number. We currently have 25% off everything in store, so come down and grab a bargain before it’s too late.” Continue reading
THE LAST BUT ONE BRANCH of the once more than forty-strong Wesley Owen chain of Christian bookshops is slated for closure in the New Year, according to a report in the York Press issued today, 25/10/2013, York bookshop to close after 53 years. This leaves the company, now owned by Koorong, Australia, with a single branch … Continue reading
MY THANKS to Gareth Mulholland, MD of Eden Interactive, for providing this interview with Anna Bunn, one of Eden’s newest team members; and, of course, congratulations and best wishes to Anna in her new role. Gareth writes: EDEN.CO.UK was launched in July 2004 when a number of our team began figuring out out how to use … Continue reading
Update, 13/3/2012 Wesley Owen Bromley ceased trading on Sat 10/3/2012; official announcement here: wesleyowen.com/info/pdfs/bromley.pdf Update, 7/3/2012 Wesley Owen Derby ceased trading on Sat 3/3/2012; official announcement here: wesleyowen.com/info/pdfs/derby.pdf ACCORDING TO A BOOKSELLER REPORT published this morning, all but one of the Wesley Owen bookshops now look set to close as the company focuses on its online … Continue reading
Update, 26/1/2011: Official announcements about the closures have now been posted by Wesley Owen: Bath | Bristol (pdfs, identical apart from the store locations and dates of closure) The Bath Chronicle published a report on Weds 25/1/2012: Christian bookshop closes its doors NEWS EMERGED YESTERDAY of further redundancies at Wesley Owen as the Bath and Bristol stores closed … Continue reading
A VERY MIXED BAG of news this week, from celebrations at Unicorn Tree Books to Wesley Owen’s woes as they face the trauma of staff cuts in the shops. On the celebrations front, this is this blog’s 500th post, so a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the project’s development and success … Continue reading
AFTER THE RECENT SLEW of bad news reports with Living Oasis closures and STL facing redundancies once again, it’s good to be able to post yet another good news story as HOPE in North East Cheshire prepares to open a new Christian coffee shop and bookshop on the site of Macclesfield’s former Wesley Owen: The … Continue reading