Booming bookshop moves to new store

NDET 1-6-12 MC 23'Simon Cox, proprietor of Spire Books in his new shop signing the book of rememberance for the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
NDET 1-6-12 MC 23'Simon Cox, proprietor of Spire Books in his new shop signing the book of rememberance for the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

High street book stores might be suffering – but an independent shop is bucking the trend and business is booming.

Spire Books opened at the height of the economic crisis, last November, but friendly staff plus a wide selection of books, have seen it thrive.

John Cox, 62, who helps out in the shop, run by his son Simon, said: “The business is growing week by week proving that it was needed in Chesterfield.

“I think Simon’s secret is he offers affordable books and a good service.

“If people have been searching for an elusive book for years, he will help you find it.”

The shop has now moved to a new location on Soresby Street.

John said: “It feels more like a proper bookshop. It’s much more personal.”

He added: “We’ll now be able to opening the evenings and we are hoping to invite book clubs and local history groups along.”

The store had been located in the Victoria Centre in Knifesmithgate for six months .

Simon, 24, worked for Tesco until he made the decision to follow his dream and set up his own business.

He said: “We will continue to get the best choice of new and used books but we can now offer a wider variety of products as well as an improved book service.”

The shop also has a resident photography and image designer working within the store.

There is also a ‘chilled art’ range of framed prints.

The shop currently has an historic display on show marking the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The book, which is normally kept by Clowne History Group, has been used in displays at the national war museum.

Customers can drop in to the shop and sign the book of remembrance.

John said: “There is definitely still a market for traditional book shops. Kindles might be popular but people like the personal touch.”