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
CHURCHES IN HORSHAM, West Sussex, have been notified that attempts to keep Horsham Christian Centre open have failed and the Centre is therefore slated for closure at the end of this month, according to a report in the West Sussex County Times: “It is with a very heavy heart that the trustees of Horsham Christian Centre and … Continue reading
THIS WEEKEND saw the last day of trading for St Andrew’s Bookshop, Bury St Edmunds, closure announced in a brief notice on facebook earlier this month: “Just to let you know the shop (St Andrews Bury St Edmunds) will cease trading on Saturday 26th January 2013. Thank you all our customers for your support over the years.” This follows on from the closure of St Andrew’s Shirley branch in the run up to Christmas last year — also announced via facebook — and leaves the company, once fifteen branches strong, with only six stores plus an outlet at the Jesus Celebration Centre, Milton Keynes.
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS has hit another Christian retailer as Jireh Books and Gifts of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, have been forced to close the shop down due to the rising costs of rents and other circumstances beyond their control. The shop closed its doors at the end of April, but Dawn Parkes, who owns the business, is not … Continue reading
CLC Updates: London and Leicester Farewell to Fools Jobs at BRF and Eden Roger Compton leaves TMD Social Media Update Special Offers around the Shops CLC Updates: London and Leicester London: CLC are relocating in central London, from Holborn Viaduct to Ave Maria Lane (photos below), just a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral. The Holborn … Continue reading
IN MY LAST REPORT I mentioned that local church leaders had been notified of the closure of Living Oasis Harrow by email. This is that message, now also posted on facebook: We’re Closing Dear Friends It is with heartfelt regret that I need to inform you that the Harrow branch of Living Oasis is closing. Our last … Continue reading
ONLY TWO WEEKS after celebrating its first birthday, Living Oasis Harrow is closing down. The news emerged yesterday via facebook as staff and former staff posted status updates about becoming unemployed and expressing concern; local church leaders were notified by email. The branch ceases trading next weekend. Living Oasis Southampton also appears to have closed … Continue reading
3 for 2 on Commentaries at Eden Christian Focus enters the Blogosphere Easter with IVP Living Oasis: Where is the humanity? Newcastle Cathedral Gift Shop Closure St Andrew Press now with Norwich Books & Music GOT NEWS? If you have news you’d like to see included in the next News Roundup, please get in touch. 3 for … Continue reading
THE WELL, FAREHAM, has become our latest casualty in the struggle to survive as shopping trends change. According to a report at portsmouth.co.uk, the shop’s demise is attributable to both online competition and “the growth of cafe culture”, the very culture that Living Oasis and other recent initiatives such as Cornerstone, St Neots, are focusing on. … Continue reading
Less than a fortnight into the new year and news has emerged of another Christian bookshop preparing to close its doors, with the blame laid squarely on the combined effect of the current economic climate and online competition: Hastings Christian bookshop closing Published Date: 08 January 2009 By Richard Gladstone Another Hastings town centre shop … Continue reading