This is the link to the pictures of the books we have just put out and is pretty much representative of a day's sales
To me this is pretty strange as it has happened while Ramsgate as a shopping centre has significantly declined. With shops in Ramsgate it has been the large ones that have mostly become empty and there doesn't seem to be a real solution to this, WH Smith and Wilkinson's seem to be next. Will there be any knock on effect? I don't expect there to be.
The reason for this is pretty straightforward and boils down to the number of people who buy books being fairly small so our customers come from a wide area. This is combined with the impact of the internet being almost neutral, on the one hand it has pretty much wiped out illiteracy and while on the other hand a lot of books sell online, it is only really new books that are cheaper online. I would say with WH Smith nearly everything they sell is cheaper online where as with us very little is.
Unlike Wilkinson's WH Smith is operating at a healthy profit and it seems that Ramsgate is the only town centre shop they are closing. If there is a strange aspect to this it is that there seem to be very few small and medium sized shops vacant in Ramsgate town centre.