Matt Wardman writes:
Today we have a victory: the last bookshop in the country to remain in control of J Mark and Philip Brewer, the Shyster-Charlatans who have taken hundreds of thousands of pounds from the chain, while abusing and exploiting staff, has been closed. It was in Durham Cathedral, and will soon be re-opened under proper control.
Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker
Photo credit: Artiii on Flickr
The end of St Stephen the Great in the UK
The Durham Cathedral shop was the last remaining former SPCK bookshop run by the St Stephen the Great charity (SSG). SSG were given the bookshops by SPCK in 2006.
This is the full text of the notice at the Durham Cathedral website:
The Cathedral Shop temporary closure
The Shop which was managed by St Stephen the Great is now closed.
A new shop under the management of The Cathedral Chapter will open in due course.
Please check the Cathedral Website for the latest news.
(Posted on Friday 22nd January 2010)
No more comment yet, but we are all allowing oursleves to dance a small jig at this point.
However we are still watching, because there are the interests of the members of staff at stake here, and then there will be the small question of what sort of shop will be reopened.