It's with great sadness that we have had to pull out of the offer on our prospective premises.
The terms were agreed back in November and since then it's been frustrating waiting for things to move forward. Once they finally did, there were a few issues with the lease that we attempted to resolve, unfortunately these could not be rectified by both parties and so we took the decision to focus our attention on other avenues.
We could have moved in next week and struggled by for the entire full-term of the lease but this would have put the business in jeopardy and my family through a very tough time. The idea of The Big Comfy Bookshop is to involve the community giving them a place to meet, get involved in clubs, have a relaxing comfy environment and to showcase the wonderful talents of the local people be it musicians, poets, crafters or cake-makers. Moving forward into the premises would have made some of this not possible and put a great strain on some and we're dedicated to creating a place for the community to grow, and to create longevity.
Although this is a sad day, we have already found several other properties that may suit the business and hopefully something will happen sooner rather than later.
In the meantime we have decided to go out into the community by getting involved in local fairs. On April 1st, we will be selling books at the Easter Family Fun Day at The Pavillion in Stockingford. We will be attending as many fairs as we can get to, not just to sell our books (you can still buy from the website www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk) but to meet the people of this town.
One other positive is the feedback we have had from crafters wishing to sell through the shop. Many fantastic artists and small businesses will have their designs for sale in the shop, from handbags and scarves, to earrings and necklaces, to paintings and quilts, AND MORE! You can sell through the shop too if you like and you are local (Warwickshire/South Leicestershire). Even though we're not open, we will be promoting all these great people through this blog and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We hope to come back with some good news soon regarding opening as it's why I quit my job in the first place. The Big Comfy Bookshop is 100% Full Time!
Many thanks and I hope to see you on April 1st!