Derry book shop to close

Shipquay Street, Derry. DER2814MC003
Shipquay Street, Derry. DER2814MC003

One of Derry’s last remaining independent book shops is to close - after more than 25 years in business.

Shipquay Books and News announced on Friday through their Facebook page that they will be closing down in the coming weeks.

The announcement has been greeted with an outpouring of support from loyal customers.

Fellow independent bookshop owner Jenni Doherty of Little Acorns described the announcement as “another terrible blow for independent booksellers”

“Too many independent retailers are closing down so please support your local independent trader,” Jenni said.

Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin said she was “very sorry” to hear that the store is to close.

“I would like to thank the owners and staff for the service they have provided,” she said.

“In January of last year I expressed my fears that the closure of the Bank of Ireland and subsequent removal of cash machine could have a knock-on effect for other businesses on the street and footfall through the area.

“Sadly the closure of Shipquay Books will also be a loss of an outlet for local newspapers and locally produced books and that is something no one wants.”