British Bookshops to cease trading within a month

All remaining 28 British Bookshops and Stationers stores will shut up shop within a month, unless a last-minute deal can be made with any interested parties.

The programme of closure will begin over the next week, with around 100 staff being made redundant across 28 stores.

Zolfo Cooper, the administrators handling the fate of BB&S after its downfall, is continuing to seek expressions of interest in the remaining 28 stores on an individual basis and is “in discussions with various people who have made approaches”.

BB&S stores are currently offering up to 40% discount off books, with some due to shut next Wednesday and others staying open as long as the middle of March.

Last Tuesday, W H Smith announced it had acquired 22 of the former British Bookshop stores for £1million, transferring 200 jobs in the process. Most of the stores will continue to trade under their original banners, but may change to W H Smith branding in the future.