A POPULAR record store in Wimborne has been saved from closure by the owner of a family-run independent book store.

Square Records was set to close this month, much to the dismay of loyal customers and music lovers not only in Dorset but across the country.

But, thanks to owner of Gullivers Bookshop, Malcolm Angel, the well-loved record store, will continue to operate.

Paul Holman, whose family opened Square Records in 1974, said he was approached by Mr Angel after customers told bookshop staff about the closure.

He says the store will continue to trade from their current location in Wimborne High Street until June, when it will relocate just round the corner.

It will keep its name and will be run by current manager Rob Hoare, with Paul also helping to set up at the new store.

Paul told the Daily Echo his decision to close was based on a long-term consideration for his family.

"I own the building and much as I still love my job, I realised it was time to maximize the property's rental potential," he said.

He added: "Thanks to Malcolm Angel and his team at Gullivers, Square Records will be very much alive and kicking. With Rob at the helm and all our fixtures and fittings going into the new store, the customer service we have prided ourselves on for 40 years is set to continue almost seamlessly.

"I really think after the outpouring of sadness that we experienced when we announced we were closing, this new store has every chance to succeed."

The closure was mentioned on BBC Six Music as well.

Mr Angel said: "There is something about this part of east Dorset that always seems to buck the trends or even lead the way.

"People say books are under threat, well not around here. And I expect it will be the same with Square Records.

"Round here we have discerning customers and that is what's going to keep Square Records alive."