A decent bookshop in Wood Green?

<p>A couple of weeks ago I reported that a <a href="http://www.petitiononline.com/Bookshop/petition.html">petition</a> had been set up to save the Waterstone's Wood Green shop. The petition received 726 signatures, but the shop still closed.</p>
<p>The closure was part of Waterstone's managing director Gerry Johnson's plan to reduce Waterstone's trading space by 10% over the next three years. There was some debate as to why Johnson was closing a shop that had &quot;met its budgets&quot;. But Waterstone's told me that the shop had not been profitable for several years and was too big for its location.<br />
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But the denizens of Wood Green could still get a &quot;decent&quot; bookshop. The two former managers of the shop (Tim West and Simon Key), both of whom took redundancy when the shop was closed, have decided to set up an independent shop.<br />
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As is the form with former <a href="http://crockattandpowell.blogspot.com">Waterstone's booksellers</a>, the duo have set up their own <a href="http://woodgreenbookshop.blogspot.com">blog</a> (woodgreenbookshop.blogspot.com). &quot;So here we are, me and Tim were astonished by the seemingly short sighted decision to close the shop,&quot; they write. &quot;And so were a few others. And we've decided to do something about it. We're going to open our own bookshop in Wood Green. And this is going to be our story. We have the passion, the determination, and we also have a little bit of business acumen. With a little help, it might just work.&quot;<br />
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Writing over at <a href="http://meandmybigmouth.typepad.com/">Scott Pack's blog</a> (another former Waterstone's employee), the pair say: &quot;Firstly, it will perhaps encourage those people in the book trade, who understand what the real point of bookselling is. To educate, to nurture, to inspire, to surprise.&quot;<br />
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The pair plan to update the blog with their progress.</p>
<p>It is hard not to wish them well. I can't help thinking that there is nice circularity about this. Corporate booksellers, like corporate publishers, are inevitably caught up by the demands of big business, and this can leave room for decent indies to thrive. Of course, it may not turn out quite as rosy as this, but at least West and Key will get the chance to demonstrate whether there is room for a 'decent' bookseller in Wood Green&mdash;and perhaps prove their former employer wrong.</p>
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