Beattie & Forbes Books and Post

Type: bookseller

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Beattie & Forbes Books and Post: Napier's iconic independent bookshop

Beattie & Forbes Books and Post started life as The Office Supply Company, Napier. Opened by Tom Sullivan in 1924 on the corner of Hastings and Tennyson Streets. When the Earthquake struck in 1931 the shop was open. Tom and one of his assistants, Aline Buckley, got out but tragically his other assistant, Nellie Rolls, was killed. Aline worked in the store (by now on the opposite corner) for about 50 years. When she finally retired the store had become Beattie and Forbes Booksellers, so named by Graham Beattie and Barry Forbes in 1968.

Since then the shop has changed hands a couple of times and is now owned by James and Megan Landon, both bibliophiles and from retail, (James) and academic (Megan) backgrounds. They are ably supported by Kathleen who has been with Beattie and Forbes for 20 years, Michelle another experienced bookseller.

They have recently moved to the Post Shop, at 72 Bridge St, Ahuriri.
With a reputation for great service and still Napier’s only Independent Bookseller they hold a broad range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. They specialise in Art, Art Deco, Fashion and Architecture as well as having an extensive range New Zealand History, Maori History and Culture. They also carry a comprehensive selection of New Zealand fiction and poetry.
If you do not see what you want on their site please contact them, they are importers of books from around the world. They also offer a rare and second hand book search service for those hard to find treasures. They are happy to gift wrap your book free of charge and have a great selection of cards to personalise that gift before sending in NZ or around the world.
They also have the most generous loyalty scheme on the high street and a lay-by service. Please ask in store for details.
Whilst they carry a very large range there are items which they carry but are not always in stock. You may still order these items, they will ensure that your order is placed quickly and will keep in touch with you until your order is fulfilled. If you cannot find what you want please do ask - they order online from around the world importing stock every week. They are able to get stock from the USA within a week and are able to do this without passing on large postage costs as they do it in bulk. This represents great value for money at the moment.
Basically: the answer is yes - now what was the question?
Beattie & Forbes Books and Post, Napier – books are their passion.
Address information
Street address: 
72 Bridge Street
Contact information
Postal address: 
PO Box 12209, Ahuriri, Napier 4144
06 835 8968
06 835 8726