A MALTON shop is expanding its premises by moving next door.

Kemps General Store, in Market Place, is also adding Kemps Books to the premises to create a bookshop under the same roof.

Liz Kemp who owns and runs Kemps General Store, aims to open the new book space and expanded gift shop in early October.

She said: “It’s been a while in the planning and despite the ongoing Covid-19 situation, I jumped at the chance.

“We will have more space for stock and customers alike, helping us meet our Christmas demand and maintain a safe and comfortable shopping environment for our customers.

Liz added:”My family has always worked in retail and I was brought up above a shop, so retail is in my blood. I have always loved books and bookshops so I’m thrilled to be able to bring one to Malton as part of Kemps.

Liz, who also owns Kemps on the Coast in Whitby, said she was delighted with the new move:

“The books will be a mix of good reads, gift books, an expansion of our current wide non-fiction collection and a significant children’s section, all showcased within a dedicated informal and inspiring space,” she added.

“It is tremendously exciting for the Kemp’s brand and the new space lets me share my love of books and reading, while ensuring we offer something for everyone.”

In 2018 and 2019 Kemps General Store in Malton was included in the coveted UK’s 2018 Small Business Saturday in which just 100 businesses across the country are nominated annually.

Kemps was also a finalist in the UK’s Best Newcomer Award for the Greats Independent Gift Retailer of the Year and was shortlisted for a FSB Celebrating Small Business Award 2019.

Liz added: “In due course, I aim to extend home gifts’ buying evenings, craft workshops and the bookshop will be a place to visit for book events such as evenings with authors for talks and signings.

She said: “I am now looking forward to welcoming her customers to browse the new bookshop and pick up a good read.”