Waterlooville bookshop owner wants to keep store alive

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THE owner of a bookshop is appealing for someone to come forward to take over the store.

As The News reported in March, 83-year-old Derrick Meakins is closing the Baytree Bookshop, Waterlooville, in July in order to concentrate on looking after his wife.

Now he is looking for people who want to buy the business to keep the Baytree alive.

He said: ‘I’m not really looking for any money for the business, apart for a bit for the fixtures and fittings, and any stock the new owner wants to keep.

‘There are maybe a few people out there who want the chance to do something they’ve always wanted to, like own a book shop, and who have a bit of money behind them rather than rely on it for a living.’

Mr Meakins said that some of his customers have asked if there can be a book of condolence put on the counter for them to sign before the shop closes its doors on July 24.

He added: ‘I am now 83 and with a disabled wife I now need to retire, although I would certainly help anyone who decided to take the business over and continue with a shop that is going to be clearly missed.

‘I do not close until July 24 and I have already told the shop’s landlord that I would be prepared to help and mentor anyone who wished to carry on and do this.’

Anyone interested in the shop can call (023) 9226 3084 or write to him at Baytree Bookshop, 17 The Precinct, Waterlooville, PO7 7DT.