Great News! Our move is starting to gain momentum and we can finally tell you where we are going. Read below for the official press release from our directors:
It is with a great sense of relief, excitement and anticipation that we are able to bring you up to date with progress on the proposed move of the Shop run by the Manna House.
As you are aware we sold the original Manna House building in October 2015 and since then have been working tirelessly to sort out the practicalities of a move further into St Giles Street. Thanks to the good auspices of the new owner, we have been able to rent back the building until the end of April 2016. However, we are now pleased to announce that we have just signed a lease on No 39 St Giles Street, which is the unit between Lawrence’s Coffee House and Bonds Jewellers and is directly opposite Castilian Street.
Our original plan was to move at the end of January but due to technical issues things have taken longer than anticipated to organise. We do not yet have a firm date as to when we shall relocate but it should be by mid April, giving us a couple of weeks to tidy up the old building. We are now talking to shop-fitters, phone people and others to co-ordinate, what we hope will be, a smooth transition.
This move will coincide with the completion of the first phase re-development and modernisation of St Giles Street currently being undertaken by the Borough Council. We believe the move will increase footfall and make us more accessible. We are allowing three years to re-establish the Shop, grow the business and build customer base that will make it viable in its support of our counselling service. If the Shop is unable to meet its commitments after the three years, then it is very likely that it will be closed and we will loose the witness and presence on the High Street.
In order for this bold step to be fruitful, we will need the active support and commitment of all churches and their members. The lease will cost £1,200 per month which will have to be funded out of revenue. We estimate that we need an extra 20 customers per day to make the finances work. As stated before, the Trustees clearly see this venture as mission and an important outreach into the community.
It is worth noting that sadly, after many years of service, the small shop at Kettering has recently had to close. Watford is another town that will lose its Christian Bookshop in April 2016; let us believe together that Northampton will not be another similar statistic !
Please pray that all the final details will fall into place. Pray too that the financial challenges will be met.
- Vic Winchcombe, Chair
- John Nightingale, Director
Be sure to share the news of our move with your church, family and friends. And remember, we're still trading right up to our relocation and will keep any interruption to service as short as possible. So keep coming back to us for your Bibles and Christian literature, scriptural cards, our great range of gifts and church supplies.