Despite a popular campaign to save one of Portsmouth’s last remaining book shops it has been announced it will now close.
The Blackwells store, attached to the University, offered a price match on any book and also hosted successful public readings and “Meet The Author” style events so it is a sad day to see it lose its battle against tax-avoiding behemoth Amazon.
In a statement posted to its FB page late last night the store said:
“Ness, Brian & Jo would like to thank you all for the support that has been shown over many years and especially in recent months.
Blackwell’s & the University of Portsmouth have announced the closure of the shop in Portsmouth.
We can confirm that the last day of trading will be Friday 2nd March 2018.
It has been our pleasure to work among shelves full of friends – old and new; academic, comforting, challenging and frivolous – and to introduce them to customers… many of whom have themselves become great friends.
It has been our privilege to encourage reading ‘For Learning, For Life’ and see lives flourish as a result.
It has been wonderful to help nurture and celebrate writers, whether fledgling or famous, and witness the magic their words can conjour.
Keep reading; keep learning; keep supporting local business!
We wish you well and will be seeing you around.”