Physical retailers’ value to the trade has been heightened by pandemic, says Daunt

Physical retailers’ value to the trade has been heightened by pandemic, says Daunt

The lockdown has proved the value of booksellers, Waterstones m.d. James Daunt has told The Bookseller ahead of the reopening of its English shops next week. In an interview, Daunt said that he did not think there would be any “permanent” damage to the high street bookshop chain once it was able to open its doors fully to customers, and that returns should not be a major issue for the chain, with stock taken from stores during the lockdown to fulfil website orders.

Daunt’s rallying cry came on the eve of the unlocking of a whole of range of non-essential retailers on Monday (15th June), wi...

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