Closure threat for popular charity bookshop in Lancaster

The popular Oxfam charity bookshop in Lancaster could have to close.

By Michelle Blade
Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 3:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2022, 11:08 am

The building that houses the bookshop on Penny Street in Lancaster is up for sale and if it is bought by someone who wants to adapt it into further retail premises, a restaurant, or student accommodation, the bookshop would have to close.

Agents Entwistle Green said on their website: “Prominently positioned within the heart of Lancaster City Centre and set amongst other popular retail units, restaurants and offices - this long established bookshop is now available to purchase, with the added bonus of having a maisonette living accommodation situated on the first floor which is accessed through a separate front door.”

“The shop unit is currently operating as Oxfam bookshop. There is a temporary tenancy in place with a rolling lease so there is also the opportunity to adapt the building to become further either retail premises, a restaurant, or as student living accommodation."Ground floor is a retail floor with laminate flooring and LED slim panel lighting, with two shop floor areas with a large office/staff room area at the back.“Upstairs there is a maisonette flat offering spacious accommodation and all the character you would expect of a property of this era. The flat has its own separate front entrance and is particularly large, spanning over two floors, with kitchen, reception room, bedroom and bathroom - in need of some refurbishment.”

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The Oxfam shop on Penny Street in Lancaster. The building is up for sale. Picture courtesy of Entwistle Green.

A spokesman for Oxfam said: “We are hoping to be able to renew the lease with the shop’s new owner so we can continue to sell books to the community, and raise money for Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world.”

The Oxfam bookshop in Lancaster could be closing. The building that houses it is up for sale. Picture courtesy of Entwistle Green.