The Holt Bookshop to close after 15 years

The Holt Bookshop to close after 15 years

The Holt Bookshop in North Norfolk is closing after 15 years as a result of escalating annual costs and online competition, which will soon leave the Georgian market town without an independent bookseller.

Owner David Makinson confirmed he would not be renewing the shop’s lease in July 2020, saying it had become “an endless uphill struggle” with business rates and rents combined costing him £65,000 a year.

Makinson told The Bookseller the store’s loyal customers were “upset” by its imminent closure, which is anticipated to take place in the next three to four months. Although he had enjoy...

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