Paignton's Torbay Bookshop short-listed
THE Torbay Bookshop in Paignton is on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year, it has been announced.
Matthew Clarke joint owner of the store which now includes Thorntons, said: "It is tremendous news we have reached this stage in these important industry awards.
"We won the award back in 2006 and have been shortlisted a number of times since."
He added: "In this difficult retail climate, we have managed to diversify by having a Thornton's franchise within our shop which has introduced a whole new range of customers.
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"With the demise of Waterstones in Torquay and the sad news of the impending closure of HMV, we are seeing many customers from Torquay making use of our next-day service for books, CDs and DVDs."
At present, Paignton is seeing more openings than closures in the high street with 10 shops opening in Crossways in recent months, plus a number of shops re-siting to larger premises and a couple of popular high street brands opening in the next months.
Matthew added: "We continue to provide professional efficient service which is being recognised by our industry.
"In the next couple of weeks, we will soon be announcing a further addition to our business which will drive increased footfall into our shop and through the town."