Future uncertain for one of Bridlington’s oldest shops

Garlands newsagents and book shop - John Pitwood is retiring and putting the business up for sale.

Garlands newsagents and book shop - John Pitwood is retiring and putting the business up for sale.

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A FIXTURE on Bridlington’s shopping streets for more than a century is up for sale.

The owner of Garland newsagents and book shop on Promenade in Bridlingon has begun the search for a new owner for the business - which has served the community of Bridlington for over 100 years.

John Pitwood, 69, has run the shop for over 15 years, but it first opened as a newsagent in 1906 and has been an ever present since.

The shop is currently for sale as a complete business, and John hopes that the new owner will take Garland’s on and continue a service that benefits many local people.

Mr Pitwood said: “I really hope that someone takes on the business and continues to serve the people of Bridlington with news and books. It would be a great shame if the shop was to close.”

While it has only been for sale for a short while, but if nobody wishes to purchase and run the business it is possible that it could close and the property will be sold.

John added: “The number of businesses in the town which have closed is a real concern. There are plans for new shop units, but there are already too many empty premises.

“The boarded up buildings do not help with business and it is important that something is done to help these shops and pubs.”

John, who lives in Bridlington, is looking forward to spending his retirement “in the town that he loves.”