'Overwhelming' response to Foyles revamp plans

Foyles has said it has received an "overwhelming" response, including from heads of publishing houses, to the invitation to get involved with the creation of Foyles' new flagship store, announced at the FutureBook Conference (3rd December).

The chain, which celebrates its 110th anniversary next year, is moving premises to take on a 40,000 sq ft space in the former Central St Martins school of fashion. But before it moves in, it is seeking collaboration from all aspects of the publishing world to create a bookshop for the future, in a project partnered with The Bookseller.

Miriam Robinson, head of marketing at Foyles, said: "I have been overwhelmed by the amount and the positivity of the comments I have had since we announced our plans at FutureBook. A lot of people have been emailing me already requesting places on our workshop."

She said that interest in taking part had come from a wide cross-sector. "We have put the call out to the trade and also to our customers, and everyone is interested. I've heard from readers and fans of Foyles, and the heads of publishing houses. We've had marketers and editorial staff, rights people - everyone. The story is even being picked up in the US and Canada."

A workshop will be held in February next year where people will able to venture into 107 109 Charing Cross Road and discuss plans for the space. All the findings will be made public and feedback into the creation of the new store, which is due to open in 2014.