As numerous other blogs have noted, Margate isn’t what it used to be. The Council struggles to find a solution to this to what appears to be little effect, unless you own a café... Yesterday saw the announcement that the Albion Bookshop in Cliftonville is to close by the end of the year. A stalwart of Northdown Road having been there for over 50 years, it has suffered from the “pressures of harsh economic reality” and the end is nigh. It’s very disappointing to see such notices up in the windows, to see another established business having to close and another blow on an already battered area which needs as much help as possible.
I really like the Albion Bookshop, just about the only shop in Thanet selling a decent range of chess books. A number of chess books I own have been bought from there and I wonder where I will have to go now. Friendly staff, always up for a chat with a large range of books and perfectly happy to help if the customer has any queries or problems. One of the few shops in Clifonville I use, but not for much longer.
Today (Saturday 5th April) EDJ Greengrocers on Northdown Road closes to move to Nash Farm near Westwood Cross. Another loss to Cliftonville...