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
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. … Continue reading
IT’S BEEN ANOTHER REMARKABLE MONTH in the world of Christian bookselling, with news emerging of shops and businesses struggling or closing down on the one hand, rescues, signs & wonders on the other, and somewhere in between, Christian author Stephen Sizer has his back to the wall as he faces further accusations of antisemitism. Let’s weep … Continue reading
FOLLOWING ON from last week’s report of Wesley Owen’s likely closure of most of its stores, the Bookseller is conducting a poll on the future of Christian book retail: which of these will it be? Online High street Independents A mix To take part, head on over to thebookseller.com: scroll down the page when you … Continue reading
SOMETIMES, IN RUNNING UKCBD/THIS BLOG, I want to make like Elijah: to simply run away, hide in a cave and wait for the inevitable. Unlike Elijah, however, I’m not being pursued by an angry Queen who wants to chop me into pieces: on the whole the Christian book/retail trade remains a very positive area to … 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