Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rare books store set to move across street

A RARE bookseller in Henley is to relocate after almost 18 years in a Grade II listed building.

A RARE bookseller in Henley is to relocate after almost 18 years in a Grade II listed building.

Jonkers Rare Books, which is based in Hart Street, Henley, is to move across the street to the former Rive Gauche boutique, which closed last year.

Founder Christiaan Jonkers said: “It’s an expansion of sorts in so much that the shop we’re taking over is quite a bit larger and gives us quite a bit more ancillary space which is what we need.

“There’s the shop front but a lot of business is done building collections for clients throughout the world which requires quite a bit of research space and our own reference library, which is about as many books as we have got on sale.”

Mr Jonkers said he had been looking for new premises for a couple of years but wanted to stay in Henley.



“We have got a lot of customers in and around Henley so we wanted somewhere for them to come and have a browse,” he said.

“What we offer sort of swells and contracts depending on whether we have just bought a large collection or not, but broadly speaking what we do, what we sell, won’t change one iota — the business will run exactly in the same way it has done.”

The business rents its current premises but has bought the freehold of the new site and is having new bookcases made for it.

Mr Jonkers added: “It’s terribly exciting. We have got a blank canvas as it were, where we can create an environment designed for rare books and manuscripts and artworks that we sell.

“There will be a benefit to the customer in so much that it will be designed to make it as easy as possible for them.”



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