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New bookstore opens in Bridges in Sunderland after shop in Washington Galleries closes

Books for Less was based in galleries until July 2. The company that ran the store, Sheffield-based Bestsellers Direct Ltd, said the Washington outlet had been hit hard by Covid and would close as a result, ending trade after a closure. declining sale.

Bestsellers Direct were keen to stress there were no issues with the galleries themselves and said the mall had been very good to them but they were ‘over the moon’ to reopen in bridges .

The store had been trading in Washington for two years, it employed four staff members who will now be moving to a larger unit in the Bridges, where the store will open the week of August 9 under a different name – Great Reads.

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The Good Reads bookstore is due to open in bridges, having previously marketed as Books For Less in galleries.

Bestsellers Direct has previously run stores across the decks, including Bargain Book Time and Publishers Book Clearance.

The unit has been empty since September 2020 and stands against rivals Waterstone.

Great Reads general manager Mark Williamson said: ‘I can confirm that we will be occupying a unit in Bridges Shopping Center and expect to be open during the week from August 9th.

“All staff from the closed Washington store have been retained and will work at the new location. We have already occupied many sites in the bridges and are delighted to be back in the center.

“This is a much larger store than the Washington site and will have an extensive lineup, but still at heavily discounted prices.”

Karen Eve, Center Manager for Bridges, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Great Reads to the center which will offer a huge selection of books at reduced prices.

“It’s fantastic that a fast-growing company like this sees the potential to open up in Sunderland.

“We hope this is the first of a series of positive announcements that we will make over the coming months.”

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