The unusual prize was dreamed up by Paul Morris, who opened Bookends in Cardigan four years ago. The shop is profitable and would have made an estimated £30,000 in a sale, but Morris said he wanted to give someone else the chance to realise their dream of running a bookshop. Over the last three months, anyone who spent more than £20 was eligible to be entered into a raffle to win it.
I wonder if there’s a betting pool for whether the shop will still be profitable by this time next year?
I would absolutely hate to be dropped in the deep end as a brand! new! small business owner. Here’s a bookshop! Try not to go bankrupt! I would be very nervous if I had won this raffle. Which of course is why I wouldn’t have entered it.
“[Ceisjan] is a regular customer and I’m really pleased it was him [says the retiring owner]. He wants to run it. You can make a very good living from it – far too many bookshops have disappeared over the years.”
He wants to run it! Good for him. The new owner’s name is
Ceisjan Van Heerden, by the way. He and a friend are apparently looking forward to taking a stab at running this bookshop. I hope they make it work!