Tue, 21/01/2014 - 14:57
Former Waterstones marketing manager Jon Woolcott has joined Stanfords Bookshop in London.
Woolcott - who left Waterstones in December - takes up the newly created role of buying and marketing director, with the buying and marketing teams reporting...
Thu, 16/01/2014 - 10:00
Waterstones has scrapped its Waterstones Eleven promotion on debut literary fiction.
The retailer has run the campaign, picking 11 debut novelists it backs as the ones to read during the course of the year, for the last three years. The role of the campaign, which followed on from the previous debuts promotion New Voices, was to...
Wed, 08/01/2014 - 11:08
Waterstones Bold Street in Liverpool will close on 1st February.
The shop is based within half a mile of the company’s other store in the city, Liverpool One.
Altogether eight staff are affected by the store closure and but will be given new roles in other stores where possible, Waterstones said.
Reasons for the...
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:10
Waterstones’ sales during the Christmas trading period were slightly down year-on-year, the company has revealed.
Speaking to The Bookseller, Waterstones m.d James Daunt said like-for-like sales were ‘just a smudge off” where the company had wanted them to be overall and blamed the inclement weather in the...
Tue, 31/12/2013 - 10:00
Waterstones marketing manager Jon Woolcott is leaving the chain after seven years.
Woolcott's last day with the retailer is today (31st December).
Rik McShane, Waterstones retail director, said Woolcott would be "much missed", commenting: "He has worked for more than 20 years in bookselling at...
Fri, 20/12/2013 - 08:00
Fans queued outside Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly store yesterday morning (19th December) to have books signed by footballer David Beckham.
Altogether 500 people met the global celebrity and 1,000 copies of his book David Beckham (Headline) were signed during the course of two and a half hours.
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 14:36
A new Waterstones store will open in Wakefield this Saturday (14th December).
The company has found a new site on Kirkgate after moving from its original premises in The Ridings shopping centre, which is currently under redevelopment.
Mike Pannett, the former Yorkshire police officer turned bestselling author, will cut the...
Mon, 25/11/2013 - 17:16
Waterstones has confirmed that four of the chain's range buyers have left the business as the retailer looks to change its book buying strategy. Marketing director Ros Hines is also leaving the business.
The departing range buyers are cookery buyer John Lewis, military history specialist Alister Babb, along with Peter North, who...
Fri, 15/11/2013 - 09:14
Women writers dominate the shortlist for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award, in association with Waterstones.
Picador has two books on the shortlist: Hannah Kent’s...
Tue, 12/11/2013 - 09:00
Waterstones has secured a short-term lease for a new store in Blackburn which will be called a "Waterstones Sales Outlet".
The company will open a “cheap and cheerful” version of a standard Waterstones store initially, to see how it performs in the town, before deciding whether to make it a permanent site. It...