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Belfast Books owners' harsh words over ban on 'click and collect'


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During lockdown, when people have had more time on their hands to read, they have had to explore new ways of finding the books they wanted, causing a surge in sales via the internet (Ryan Phillips/PA)

During lockdown, when people have had more time on their hands to read, they have had to explore new ways of finding the books they wanted, causing a surge in sales via the internet (Ryan Phillips/PA)

During lockdown, when people have had more time on their hands to read, they have had to explore new ways of finding the books they wanted, causing a surge in sales via the internet (Ryan Phillips/PA)

Bookstore owner John Junk is almost lost for words even though he is surrounded by millions of them.

His shelves are packed with publications he is struggling to pass on to his customers during the lockdown because his wares are deemed 'non-essential'.

What is frustrating Mr Junk, who is also a lawyer and who has been running his tiny Belfast Books shop on York Road for six years, is that while he has been forced to close, he has also been banned from operating a 'click and collect' service like he did in the first shutdown.


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