In Rennes, the Le Forum du Livre bookstore saved by the Socultur group

In Rennes, the Le Forum du Livre bookstore saved by the Socultur group
In Rennes, the Le Forum du Livre bookstore saved by the Socultur group

Independent bookstore founded in 1985, The Book Forum has become an essential cultural venue in Rennes, despite its change of location (previously located near the quays, today in the Visitation shopping center), and the economic difficulties encountered in recent years.

The place remains frequented by thousands of customers from Rennes and Brittany, offering a wide choice of 50,000 to 60,000 references, a stationery and games section. Very active in the literary cultural milieu of the region, the bookstore initiates many events, dedications, and meetings within its literary café.

Economic difficulties

But last February, following a pandemic that was dangerous for the brand’s economy, and a significant increase in costs, the bookstore was placed in receivership. Please note, this is not a liquidation. It is a safeguard measure to find a buyer. We have a lot to assert “, assured François-Regis Sirjacq, president of the Book Forum, at the time Telegram.

He particularly pointed out the increase in the rent for the space occupied by the bookstore, by 3% according to him. It represents 10% of our turnover, whereas a bookstore can only support on average a rent representing 5% of its turnover. ” he explained to West France.

For six months, the management looked for a buyer, while the bookstore’s 28 employees and its loyal readers remained in suspense.

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Between two potential buyers, it was the file of the Socultur group, owner of Cultura and itself a subsidiary of the Sodival holding company, which was finally accepted by the Rennes commercial court.

« Let’s restart the machine! »

Socultur, which manages the Cultura stores, specializing in books, stationery and creative hobbies, has decided to keep the name The Book Forum and all current employees.

François-Régis Sirjacq, founder and former boss of Book Forumhas handed over to a new director. Since July 1, 2024, Mathieu Olivier, 42, has been at the helm of the brand, which intends to retain all of its specificities.

In fact, the new director of the brand wishes to ” preserve the independence of the bookstore, and safeguard its identity “. To do this, ” all the teams’ know-how is called upon ». « We have put in place a recovery plan. We are restarting the machine! “, he tells us enthusiastically. The teams are motivated, and our customers are delighted to have their bookstore back “, he concludes.

Image credits: © Mathieu Olivier



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