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Iconic Second Hand Bookshop In Maleny For Sale

Maleny, Queensland
Asking Price:
$150,000 (AUD) Furniture / Fixtures and Inventory / Stock included
Sales Revenue:
$100K - $250K (AUD)
Cash Flow:
Available on request

Bookshop for Sale (reluctantly!)

This For Sale Bookshop, the iconic (and original) secondhand bookstore in the literary town of Maleny, is for sale. The bookshop was established almost thirty years ago but underwent a major revamp nine years ago when the present owners purchased it from the founder.

Maleny, on the Hinterland plateau behind the Sunshine Coast, is a culturally vibrant town in a spectacular location. This is dairy country, with marvellous views to the coast and the Glasshouse Mountains. It’s only an hour from Noosa, half an hour from the coastal towns of Mooloolaba and Caloundra, and one hour from Brisbane. Its proximity to major centres means the town is a favourite destination for day trippers from Brisbane and the coast, as well as for weekenders and weddings.

The town is also a significant destination for booklovers. There are two secondhand bookshops and a large and successful independent new bookstore (Rosetta Books, established 18 years). The two secondhand shops are different but complimentary, and the presence of three shops makes the town a fantastic literary centre. All three bookshops work well together, with competition never an issue. Maleny has a bustling main street, sporting at least fourteen cafés, several art galleries and specialty shops, as well as being the shopping hub for a wider region of some eight thousand people. There is a very active film society, theatre group, several bookclubs and an exciting music scene.

The town is also home to the extended literary festival Outspoken, run by Steven and Tyyni Lang (one of the partners in ***** Bookshop). The events often attract sell-out crowds of 450 people and have a loyal following. Some of the authors who’ve appeared include Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Richard Flanagan, Alexander McCall Smith, Patrick Gale, AC Grayling, Tim Flannery and Ann Patchett. To see more follow the link to the website. Each of the headline authors are preceded by an ‘introducing’ author as a way of promoting new literature in Australia.

****** Bookshop is a specialist secondhand bookshop with a remarkable range of excellent books, presented in a way that shows them to their best advantage. Everything about the shop attests to Fi and Tyyni’s passion for books and bookselling. A day never goes by without customers commenting on how much they love the shop, how they’d like to spend all day in there, browsing. This unique business is now for sale.

For expressions of interest please email Fiona Hunter and Tyyni Lang on this page

Property information

Real Estate:


Lease Terms:

Above figure does not include GST. Lease renewed for 3 years this May with an option for another 3 in 2021 and 2024.

Leasehold Rent:

$25,069 (AUD) per annum


High Street location in a busy Rural Town on the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast

Premises Details:

Weatherboard shop, one of four in a group in the Main Street of Maleny.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

Is entirely up to the buyer as to how far your would like to expand. We currently don't sell online, and haven't gone down the social media path, so there is room to improve the business via these platforms.

Competition / Market:

There is one new Bookshop and another second hand Bookshop in Maleny. The Bookshops in Maleny are all independent, therefore we all place our own stamp on our business's. We have worked collaboratively always, and maintain very good relationships with our fellow bookshops. Maleny attracts booklovers due to the excellent quality of the bookshops.

Reasons for selling:

Family reasons....elderly parents, grandchildren, overseas commitments with family.

Trading hours:

10am to 4pm daily.

Years established:
30 years

Other Information

Support & training:

We are very happy to spend some time training how to operate the shop and advise on buying. Happy to teach prospective buyers how to buy the best second hand books and what to avoid.

Furniture / Fixtures value:
$20,000 (AUD) - included in the asking price
Inventory / Stock value:
$70,000 (AUD) - included in the asking price
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