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Independent bookshop Pirie & Cavender, in Whitstable in Kent, is to shut its doors next month, citing increased competition from supermarkets and internet retailers for its closure. The shop has traded on the town's high street since 1949, the last 21 years of which have been under the management of owner and former publisher Tom Edwards. Pirie & Cavender will wind up business at the end of July.


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Dave Harwood
16 Nov 2023 at 08:13
I found this advert in the 'Whitstable Times & Herne Bay Herald' dated 21st January 1950: “BOOKS & MUSIC. You can browse or buy, change a library book, or put on a record at PIRIE & CAVENDER LTD. 95 High St. Whitstable.”
... also this advert in the 5th July 1968 edition: “WE EXTEND AN INVITATION TO VISIT PIRIE & CAVENDER LTD. WHERE AN ABSORBING COLLECTION OF BOOKS AND RECORDS CAN BE INSPECTED. BROWSERS ALWAYS WELCOMED 95 HIGH STREET, WHITSTABLE - Tel. 3491.
... and also this advert in the 11th July 1980 edition: “SUMMER SALE OF RECORDS STARTS 18th JULY. Unbelievable price cuts, some half-price, others reduced by 40p in the £. PIRIE & CAVENDER LTD. 95 High Street, Whitstable.”

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1949
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2008
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