HMS Starts a New Chapter for Community Bookstore

HMS Starts a New Chapter for Community Bookstore

Posted: 09 August 2021

Investing in and supporting local communities is something we have committed to since opening back in 2011, and our latest community refurbishment project is one that hits close-to-home for the team.

Working with the team behind The St Helens Book Stop Limited, Team HMS has started works on converting a disused retail unit in Church Square Shopping Centre into a new community bookstore – to be known as “The Book Stop’s Here”.

The Book Stop will be a community-owned and operated bookshop and, as well as selling books will become a community hub for local people, offering visitors a place to read, relax and enjoy reading sessions or community events.

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Supported by over 350, mostly local, shareholders, with funding from the Community Shares Booster Fund and the Steve Morgan Foundation, the Book Stop came about as a result of the closing of Wardleworth’s, previously the town’s only dedicated bookshop, in 2019. But following delays due to COVID-19, finalising the legals and some false starts involving previous contractors, works have only recently commenced, with HMS taking over the project.

Discussing the project, Managing Director, Paul Worthington, said: “When we were approached to complete the project, we simply couldn’t say no. It’s such a fantastic project and one that will benefit the community for years to come, creating a place people can go to learn, socialise and have fun.

“The Book Stop will be a real asset to the town of St Helens and we think what they stand for is incredibly important - not just practically in terms of improving literacy levels – but socially, creating bonds and friendships across the community, which since COVID-19 has never been more important.”

Continuing, the bookshop’s Manager, Laura Goodchild, said: “I was thrilled to be offered the role of manager – it really is a dream come true to manage a bookshop in my hometown and I can’t wait to meet all our shareholders and customers once we finally open our doors”

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