Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Bookseller McLeods facing competition from former manager

Bookseller McLeods facing new competition from former manager

19 March 2014

Long-standing Rotorua book shop McLeod’s Booksellers is about to get some competition – from its former manager.

Fraser Newman, who worked as the manager for the long-time Rotorua bookseller for two years, left the company in February.

He has confirmed to The Mud he is setting up a new bookshop with "the biggest and best" range of services in Rotorua. He has purchased Books Alive, a second hand bookshop on Eruera Street, and is taking over the former Martins Toyworld.

Martins is a few doors up from another second hand bookshop, Idle Hour, which is closing down, but Fraser Newman’s move promises to be more than just replacing one second hand bookshop with another. McLeods has had a long reputation as a quality bookshop, refusing to shake its stake in the ground in order to widen its offerings away from what one report described as an "eclectic mix".

The Martins site has a total area of 400 square metres and will provide additional services to shoppers and the writing and reading community. This development is in keeping with the trend nationally and internationally for booksellers to diverse the shopping experience in order to combat competition from online book sales.

Although not fully finalised, this is likely to see developments around providing a coffee and reading area; a more spacious and varied book buying experience; and space upstairs for meetings and book launches.

Lynne Jones, who with her husband, David Thorp, owns the nearly 95-year-old McLeods, says the established book seller does not feel threatened by Fraser Newman’s move.

“He has bought as he has bought a second hand shop and is expanding into other areas that are not competing with us. In the big scheme of things it is great to have a new bookshop in town.”

She did confirm that some staff members from McLeods were leaving to join the new venture. “I hope we can work side-by-side and complement each other.”

It is understood, however, that the new venture has also access to the Circle software, which provides a valuable tool for independent booksellers throughout New Zealand.

NOTE: McLeods Booksellers has only had four owners in its near century. Started in 1920 by AT Coates, it was sold in 1943 to Ken McLeod, a Gordon & Gotch rep, who gave the store its current name. In 1963 Trevor Thorp, who previously had a bookshop in Otorohanga, bought McLeods. David joined his father in the business in 1979 and after an overseas stint, took over the business in 1982. Source: NZ Booksellers.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news