Beattie & Forbes Booksellers is celebrating 50 years of independent bookselling in Napier.

Back in 1924 Tom Sullivan started the Office Supply Co. Ltd on the corner of Hastings and Tennyson Streets which sold office products and books. In 1929 he employed Aline Bradley who went on to serve 50 years with the shop. The store was damaged in the 1931 earthquake and Nellie Rolls, a shop assistant at the time was tragically killed.

Bought by Graham Beattie and Barry Forbes it took on a new life in 1968 as Beattie & Forbes Booksellers. 

In 1980 it was bought by Catherine Robins and Janet Allan and then in 2000 by Sally Davenport who moved it to Lower Emerson St. 

Megan and James Landon took over in 2005 and moved the shop back to Tennyson St just down the road from the original site. Then in 2016 they bought the Ahuriri Post Centre and moved the bookshop to Ahuriri were it is flourishing in the fashionable village by the sea. They also opened another bookshop in Hastings, Plaza Books in 2013.  Today Megan with Val and Angela are to be found in Ahuriri, and James and his team are in Hastings. 

Contact Megan Landon for press queries:
megan@beattieandforbes.co.nz
Shop 835 8968
Megan 029 835 8968


This is our invitation to all –customers, staff- past and present and to the authors without whom we wouldn’t be in this business.

Beattie & Forbes Booksellers has been feeding the minds of Napier and beyond for 50 years.  We think that is a special milestone and would love you to share it with us.

Thursday 16th August 2018
5.30 pm, 72 Bridge St, Ahuriri

RSVP to the shop – 835 8968

Continuing the celebrations into the weekend, we will have some extra specials and random prizes, and throughout August, if you buy a book, you could win a PERILOUS PILE of 50 books.

The motif is based on George the Wolfhound (owned by Megan and James) who likes to come to the shop and recommend books especially to children.