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New Look and New Hours

Makeover for Christian Bookshop

The Derby branch of Christian retailer Wesley Owen has been given a facelift. Most of the work has been done for a while, but finishing touches were put to it last month with the arrival of permanent signage.

The work was carried out as part of the City Council's initiative to improve the frontages of City Centre shops in the Cathedral Quarter. The aim is not necessarily to make the buildings 'olde worlde', but rather to restore their architectural integrity. 48 Queen Street is a Victorian building and so the aim was to replace the modern plate glass and steel frontage with Victorian style timber framed windows.

Staff believe that this objective has been very successfully achieved and the Landlord has even managed to obtain a pair of genuine antique door handles to complete the transformation.

Not only does the building look a good deal more pleasing from the outside, but the restoration work has also created a lighter more open aspect inside the store, enhancing the building for staff and customers alike!

Another huge benefit is the greatly improved access for disabled customers, as the store no longer has a step and so has unrestricted wheelchair access.

Manager Peter Goddard said, “For much of February, March and April the store was boarded up externally and many people may have been under the impression that we were closed. Now however, we have a splendid new frontage and are very much open for business and keen to supply the local Christian community with Bibles, books, music, gifts and the other resources they may need!”

The store also has extended its trading hours. Full details here.


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