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Sale of Church House Bookshop

The Archbishops' Council has today (March 23rd) announced that it is to enter discussions with potential purchasers with a view to selling Church House Bookshop, Great Smith Street, London, as a going concern. The decision is in line with the Council's ongoing review of its activities and its desire to focus on core functions. 

Church House Bookshop is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading Christian bookshops. Its reputation is based on high levels of customer service delivered by knowledgeable staff, a broad range of stock - including the complete range of Church House Publishing and General Synod publications - its mail-order department, and its website www.chbookshop.co.uk .

Professor Peter Toyne, who chairs the Archbishops’ Council’s Publishing Board, said: “The decision to sell the bookshop follows a review of its operation by the Council and the Publishing Board. This concluded that there was no fundamental reason why the Council should be running a shop in central London.

“Church House Publishing and General Synod documents need to be made available through retail outlets, mail order and the internet. But the Council does not necessarily need to manage these operations itself. We believe that there are other organisations, better equipped than the Archbishops’ Council, to invest in the future of the shop and ensure its long-term growth and service to the Church.”

The eight staff of the bookshop have been informed and will be kept in touch with developments. The Council hope that the sale can be concluded by the end of the year.

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