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Manning Valley Books moves to Wingham, NSW

Manning Valley Books has moved to Wingham, NSW, from Taree, also in NSW, and will hold a grand opening of its new store on 9 August for National Bookshop Day.

Bookstore owner Nicky Stevens told Books+Publishing the grand opening was an opportunity to promote the store to new customers and introduce her staff members. Author Di Morrissey will help launch the store as a special guest for National Bookshop Day and the bookstore will provide light refreshments and feature discounts throughout its stock.

The Wingham store, which retains its ABC Shop, has ‘much more of a boutique feel’, said Stevens, and is located in an area surrounded by ‘mum and dad shops’ and good cafes, including the award-winning Bent on Food café next door, which draws customers from Sydney. The boutique stores in the town create a ‘come and stay’ feel that makes it inviting to visitors, said Stevens.

Stevens said she decided to move the bookstore from the neighbouring town of Taree because of the high rent associated with a large store and because its location among discount franchise stores hindered business growth.

The Wingham store began trading on 4 August and the store in Taree will reduce trading while it clears out excess stock with a large sale, before closing on 8 August. Stevens opened the independent bookstore in Taree four years ago after closing down a franchised Angus & Robertson store.



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