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)
- Farewell to Weston-super-Mare as Living Oasis announces yet another closure, 04/07/2011
- Living Oasis: Today’s Openings: Weston-Super-Mare, Aberdeen and Manchester, 20/03/2010
- facebook: Living Oasis Weston
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!)
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.
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