‘When I read in the pages of The Florentine about the possible closure of BM Bookshop if a buyer could not be found, I contacted the owners' agent and within days we had struck a deal. It all happened quite fast,' says John Werich, 26, the new owner of Florence's oldest English-language bookshop.
When TF published an article on BM Bookshop's imminent closure in early November (see TF 152), former owners Rossana Amoroso and Cosetta Boni didn't think the article would lead to a buyer. ‘The response following the article in TF was amazing. We received lots of calls from people who wanted to know how they could save the shop; some even called from the United States!' said Boni. ‘Thanks to TF we found a buyer, so the bookshop will stay open.'