Waterstones opens first new location since 2008

Waterstones opened a new store in Ringwood, Hampshire, on Saturday (19th April).

It is the first time Waterstones has opened in a totally new location since the chain store was bought my Alexander Mamut from the HMV Group in May 2011.

It is also the first Waterstones to feature a coffee shop at the front of store.

Bookshop manager Sara Thompson said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a brand new bookshop in Ringwood. With its gorgeous new design, innovative features and delicious Café W, our bookshop will be a real pleasure to browse, to enjoy with the family and a great place to visit with friends and catch up over a coffee.”

The Ringwood Waterstones is 3,200 sq ft and occupies one floor on the town's Furlong Centre. It will also feature an “exciting” and enhanced children’s book area, although the details of what that will entail are yet to be finalised.
Kate Skipper, head of buying at Waterstones, said: “This is our first new shop in a totally new location since 2008, which is very exciting. It looks brilliant and has a coffee shop at the front of store, which is a new format for us.”