Businessman sought to take over 110-year-old Norfolk bookshop
- Credit: Archant
It's been a fixture in Aylsham's Market Place for more than 100 years - but one of Norfolk's oldest bookshops needs a new owner.
Brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell are looking to sell FC Barnwell & Sons in the Market Place.
The shop was founded by Charles Harry Barnwell, the brothers' great-grandfather, and it has been at the same premises since 1908.
Gwen Wright, 74, has run it for 47 years, but she is looking to retire.
To ensure the shop, which also sells newspapers, toys, and gifts, continues, the brothers, who also run printing firm Barnwell Print, are offering to give the new owner 60pc of the current stock and the fixtures and fittings.
You may also want to watch:
Julian Barnwell said: 'We are willing to write-off 60pc of the surviving stock. We are very aware we want to get the right person in, give them a head-start, and keep the business in Aylsham.
'It's been in our family for more than 100 years and it's such a hub for the town, but printing is our business now. It's a brilliant opportunity for someone, as we are gifting them the business.
- 1 People told to shut doors and windows after suspected gas leak
- 2 Vintage tractor enthusiast's prized collection goes under the hammer
- 3 Excitement as heritage railway's 1940s weekend returns
- 4 Hundreds of noisy neighbour complaints in North Norfolk during pandemic
- 5 'The ultimate challenge' - The man building a boat to beat a world record
- 6 Drivers face delays due to temporary traffic lights
- 7 Delays expected on A149 due to roadworks
- 8 'A man of the people' - Heartfelt tribute to Bayfield Hall owner, Robin Combe
- 9 'Being driven inland' - Bus drivers can't afford coast, says company boss
- 10 North Norfolk nostalgia: Sheringham Splash in the 1980s and 1990s
'There are lots of opportunities to grow the business. It doesn't even have a website at the moment, for example.
'But we are keeping an open mind about what the shop would be used for. Gwen is not putting pressure on us to retire so we have some time.'
He said the shop has a turnover of around £300,000 a year, is profitable and has a regular customer base of 400 people a week who receive newspaper deliveries. The Barnwells would charge rent on the premises and want to see a business plan from any prospective new owner to ensure its success.
Mrs Wright, who lives with husband Horry in Alby, said: 'I worked for their dad, Michael Barnwell, at first. He had me sorting envelopes in my first few days and I thought, 'I am not even going to be here a week', but I ended up being here 47 years.
'We have had some good times and a laugh.'
interested? Email Julian Barnwell at email@example.com