The Maranatha Christian Bookshop, based in Uxbridge, will close on the 22nd August, because of the “excessive hours” needed to keep the business afloat.
Geoff Wallace, who set up the bookshop with his wife Jan in 1976, said in a Facebook post: “After 39 years it is with regret that we announce Maranatha Christian Bookshop will cease trading towards the end of August. Jan and I are nearing retirement and have been ending that we cannot sustain the excessive hours that are needed to maintain the business. In addition, declining sales, increasing costs, an old building in need of refurbishment, and a major operation for Geoff last year has prompted us to re-assess our situation as we look to the future.”
The couple had been in talks with a bookshop chain to see if they could take over the business but negotiations fell through.
One member of staff will be made redundant, whilst another is leaving to start university.
However, the Wallaces will continue to run their other business – the LST Bookshop inside the London School of Theology in Northwood. The shop sells books, bibles, cards, devotional notes and teaching materials.
They are currently offering 30% off full-price stock at the Maranatha shop, and 10% off any items that are already on sale.