Weston-super-Mare

Wesley OwenLiving Oasis > Shops Closed > Weston-super-Mare
Updated 23/08/2011

Living Oasis Weston ceased trading in July 2011 (see Archived Notes below) but the premises (13 The Centre, Walliscote Road, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1UW) are now occupied by Life WsM, which opened on August 15, 2011:

Archived Notes (most recent first)


Kathryn Fear The shop traded it’s last day as Wesley Owen on Saturday. Cleared out today.Am hoping for a relaunch. The Nationwode Christian Trust are interested. Please pray for our meeting with church leaders and one of their trustees on Wednesday 20th Jan (yes, this week!)

Kathryn writes:

Sad News for Wesley Owen Weston

Lots of UK companies have struggled to ride out this present recession – bookstore giant Borders has been one of the latest unexpected casualties. Sadly, despite being bailed out by the Government, many of the banks have been less than generous where their customers are concerned – as a result, enforced job cuts or store closures have been the order of the day…

Not Good News for Christian Retail

As some of you will already have heard, 26 Wesley Owen branches went into administration on 18th December 2009. Unfortunately the Weston branch was one of this group of shops now facing a very uncertain future.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

The reality facing us now is that we do not have much time to get any kind of plan together to save the shop here in Weston. We are under the instruction of the administrators and we could close within days and at the most within weeks. As store manager I will be working on getting together a proposal to save the shop from closure and to continue trading. I am praying that God will come through and bring the necessary people and resources together to make this happen. It’s all in His hands now.

Hope for the future

I personally hope we can find someone to keep a Christian bookstore in Weston. The shop is owned by the The Muller Foundation and has always benefited from favourable rent, and is geographically situated in a very good position in the town. From what I’ve gleaned, the buyers of the other shops (only 14 have been kept out of the original 40 stores) have cherry-picked the city-based stores. By comparison, stores the size of Weston are obviously viewed as relatively insignificant.

Thank yous

Firstly, I’d like to personally thank all our loyal customers for their support throughout the years. There has been a Christian Bookshop in Weston since 1984 situated initially at Whitecross Road and since 1989 at our present location (13 The Centre, opposite the Town Hall)

We will now be opening on Mondays. There is a customer comment book in store where you can register your support for a Christian bookstore in the town – this would be healthy evidence to show anyone interested in the store as a business venture.

Please feel free to contact me with any queries or questions and we really do appreciate messages of support.

In His service

Kathryn Fear
Store Manager

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2 thoughts on “Weston-super-Mare

  1. Hi Phil

    Thank you so much for setting up these pages. It’s good to know that there are people out there aware of our situation. I feel we need to pray for a miracle and inspiration for all managers seeking to organise a take over of their shop for the benefit of their local community and in seeking to further the kingdom.

    I have been Manager here in weston for a few short months (since mid May 09) and feel strongly that there should be a christian presence in this area. This shop has been fought for before and needs to be fought for again. It’s a battle in the heavenly places. I am hoping that we will be able to announce the continuation of this store in the not too distant future.

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