In January Wimbledon’s large WHSmith and Waterstones will be closing, as their lease in Wimbledon Bridge House is up, and instead Metrobank will move in.
An application was made in February 2014 to allow the shops to be converted into a bank, with the landords supporting the change.
In December, when we asked if they would open other branches in the town - Waterstones said "there isn't a plan at this point" and WHSmith didn't respond to us. So in January, we launched our petition:
"We the undersigned think it's a crying shame that the number of bookshops in Wimbledon will be massively reduced*, and call on Waterstones and WHSmith to open new branches in the town as soon as possible."
[petition now closed].
We are concerned that they've known for nearly a year but not made alternative plans.
We want #MoreBooks4Wimbledon
Our town needs lots of different shops to remain vibrant. Fewer book shops leaves us poorer generally.