Future uncertain as two Wesley Owen stores shut 'temporarily'

<p>The future is still &quot;uncertain&quot; for the remaining 26 Wesley Owen shops, despite continued talks from a &quot;number of interested parties&quot; and support from local people.</p><p>At least two of the stores have also now closed as part of a stock consolidation programme implemented by Baker Tilly, in which some of the&nbsp; stock moved to other stores. However, the administrator explained this was &quot;hopefully&quot; just on a temporary basis.</p><p>Russell Cash, partner at Baker Tilly Restructuring &amp; Recovery, said he was still talking to a number of interested parties, one with the potential to take a &quot;good chunk&quot; of the stores. But Cash added: &quot;There is no certainty attached to anything at the moment.&quot; </p><p>Meanwhile, church members in and around South Woodford have pledged &pound;23,000 in a bid to save the local Wesley Owen - almost a quarter of the estimated &pound;100,000 needed to save the branch - according to the <a href="http://christianbookshopsblog.org.uk/2010/01/08/supporters-pledge-23000-... target="_blank">Christian Bookshops Blog</a>.<br /><br />The Edinburgh shop has also launched an instore and online petition to convince any prospective investors that there is enough interest in the shop.</p>