A BOOKSELLER is closing his shop in Wallingford after more than three decades following a fall in trade.
Toby English said a noticeable decrease in footfall and takings over the past six years meant he would not be renewing the lease on his shop in St Mary’s Street in the town centre.
He opened his shop in the Lamb Arcade in 1983, then moved 200 yards to St Mary’s Street in 1994.
Grandfather-of-one Mr English, who lives with wife Chris, 58, in Wallingford, said: “Footfall has decreased over the past four to six years so the shop has become an increasingly marginal part of the business.
“Everyone is buying everything off the internet and our internet sales overtook the bookshop about a decade ago.
“When I started out I never envisaged I would be selling books in Wallingford for 32 years.
“We have been at this shop for 21 years and have had a lot of fun engaging with customers and I will miss them, although I will still be selling at book fairs.
“Another lease would run for at least five years and we want to spend more time playing with our one-year-old grandson Noah.”
Mr English said the reduction in footfall, combined with the end of the current lease, led him to decide to close the shop.
Toby English Books has specialised in children’s books, art, architecture, academic books and history.
A half-price sale is now under way, running until Monday, April 20.