I live in Haringey which, despite the existence of pockets of affluence, is one of the poorer areas in London.
Haringey's main shopping mall is called Wood Green Shopping City. It's the kind of place which sucks the soul out of you.
There used to be a few decent shops, but these have closed one by one. Yes, there are a few big name high street chains, but even these have a patina of despair.
However, one shop opened a few years ago and immediately injected hope and enjoyment into the area.
A lovely large branch of Ottakar's complete with a decent coffee shop. The staff were helpful and enthusiastic - real book lovers. There was an excellent children's section, a very important asset in a Borough where literacy is a problem.
You'll probably know that Waterstone's recently took over Ottakar's.
Now, with only nine days notice, they have closed our precious bookshop. It will become yet another cheap clothing shop.
This is a blow for the area and local people are gutted. There isn't another decent bookstore for miles.
Please, please sign the petition if you can. We need to get Waterstone's to rethink.http://www.petitiononline.com/Bookshop/petition.html
We need our bookshop.
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