• Thu, 25/06/2009 - 10:04

    A buyer may have been found for the Methvens bookshop in Chertsey, Surrey. The news comes just days after the former branch in Worthing, West Sussex, reopened with new owners under the name Bookstack.

    Both Chertsey and Worthing shops closed after parent company ArgentVive went into administration in March. Administrators of the Chertsey...

  • Mon, 22/06/2009 - 14:59

    The former Methvens bookshop in Worthing, which closed after parent company ArgentVive went into administration, has reopened under the name of Bookstack.

    The shop began selling books again on Friday and is the third Bookstack shop to be trading in the south of England. Derrick Trubshaw, business development manager for Bookstack, said...

  • Thu, 02/04/2009 - 08:51

    Staff at the former Methven stores in Worthing have demanded to be paid upfront for working in the shop during the two "four-day sale" periods organised by the administrators of failed parent ArgentVive.

    Administrator David Rubin & Partners said yesterday that the two Methven's bookshops, in Worthing and Chertsey, would...

  • Wed, 01/04/2009 - 14:21

    The two Methvens stores at Worthing and Chertsey will reopen tomorrow (2nd April) for a four-day sale, with all stock offered at a 50% discount. A meeting is being held today with the shops' former staff and the administrators; staff, who were not paid their March salaries, have complained of being "kept in the dark".

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  • Thu, 26/03/2009 - 08:49

    The administrator of ArgentVive has said there is a "strong likelihood" that its two bookshops in Worthing and Chertsey will reopen in the next few days. The administrator has also confirmed that a number of potential buyers have expressed an interest in the bookshops.

    The administrator told The Bookseller that they...

  • Wed, 25/03/2009 - 08:35

    Independent bookshop business Chenwick Ltd is negotiating with the administrators of ArgentVive to buy its Worthing-based Methvens Bookshop. Meanwhile, the former staff at the Worthing store have started a Facebook group "Save Methvens Worthing", which now has more than 202 members.

    Chenwick Ltd is understood to be interested...

  • Tue, 24/03/2009 - 08:40

    ArgentVive, the company formerly known as SameDayBooks, has gone into administration, with its two bookshops, in Chertsey and Worthing, closed immediately.

    Paul Appleton and Henry Lan of David Rubin & Partners have been appointed to act as administrators of the group that also includes the social networking book website BookRabbit....

  • Tue, 30/09/2008 - 18:23

    Trading in the shares of BookRabbit’s parent company ArgentVive has been suspended on AIM, after the group admitted that it would not get its annual report and accounts for the year ending 31st March out by 30th September.

    ArgentVive said the board was restructuring the company in order to focus on its core businesses. It stated:...

  • Thu, 10/07/2008 - 14:13

    Social shopping website BookRabbit has made six of its 10 staff redundant, including managing director Kieron Smith.

    The staff—IT director Will Jones, community manager Ian Thomas, systems manager Oliver White and developers Tony Dylan and Jason Merry—were informed of the redundancies this week. All staff will continue to...

  • Wed, 25/06/2008 - 12:14

    Four buyers have expressed an interest in taking over the e-commerce side of Retail8, which includes the BookRabbit and Samedaybooks websites. The revelation follows a review by parent company ArgentVive, which found that the business required "working capital properly to fund its marketing and development activities". Earlier this...

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