Totnes Bookshop in south Devon is being closed in its current form by the trust that owns its lease and will reopen as a box office for local events.
The Darlington Trust, a local charity which owns the lease, announced it was closing the high street indie for refurbishment over the autumn and winter.
Its current bookselling team will leave and the shop will reopen as a box office for the trust in the spring, selling tickets for activities on the Dartington Estate. The charity said customers would still be able to browse, and order and buy books, adding there are also plans to host artists, tutors and authors.
In a tweet to customers, the bookshop's staff said: “We have been proud to serve our local community over the years, & to support the Dartington Trust. Our love and respect goes out to all our customers, ex-colleagues & many businesses we have worked with over the years. We will miss you all terribly.”
A spokesperson for the trust said: “We’ll be making more of having a box office on the high street for these things and will also use the space to host events with visiting artists, authors and makers, as well as selling books of course.”