British Bookshops has been bought by The Works owner Endless.

It is unclear whether any of the 36 stores will close or if they will be rebranded as The Works.

The news follows the departure of British Bookshops managing director Michael Shakespeare last week.

Basil McAllister, managing director of British Bookshops’ former owner Eason, told The Bookseller: “Following a strategic review Eason has decided to focus on retailing in the island of Ireland. Consequently British Bookshops was put up for sale and a deal to sell it to Endless was concluded.”

He added: “We believe the business will be in good hands. Endless has had a successful experience with The Works and they intend to make a significant investment in British Bookshops. They will also be bringing on board new, experienced management to develop and grow British Bookshops.”

Eason bought a stake in British Bookshops in 2004, taking full control of the company in 2005.