Whitstable indie Harbour Books is to reopen on National Bookshop Day, its new owner Clare Connerton has confirmed.
The 25-year-old shop closed temporarily in March, but is set to join in the celebrations tomorrow (3rd October) with a hope-themed window display.
During its closure, the shop has been given a full renovation, and at relaunch will host a brand new children’s section. All existing staff are staying on, and will continue in their current roles.
After 10 years working in creative advertising agencies in London, Connerton moved to Whitstable to raise her family. Since living here she has worked with many creative businesses in the local area. Commenting on the re-opening, she said: “I have been a regular customer at Harbour Books for a long time, and like many in the community I was devastated when I found out it was closing earlier this year. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to get Harbour Books back up and running and give Whitstable back its bookshop. Independent bookshops are great places for communities to connect and share creativity and knowledge and are more important than ever during this difficult time.”
Katherine May, a Whitstable author with a long standing connection to Harbour Books, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Harbour Books is re-opening. It’s not just a cherished local shop, but also a great source of support for local writers—a crucial part of Whitstable’s creative community.”
Harbour Books is also developing an online store, which will be available to customers in the coming months.