Foyles has revealed the first glimpses of its new Charing Cross Road flagship store.
Number 107 Charing Cross Road in London, a few yards away from Foyles' current flagship site at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, will house fiction and art on the ground floor, travel, cookery and lifestyle books on the ground floor mezzanine, music and film titles on the second floor, languages on the fourth floor and a café on the fifth.
In a blog on its website, Foyles has revealed photos of the refurbishments-in-progress, including “enormous six-metre windows either side of the entrance”, previously used to exhibit art installations by former tenants Central St Martins students. “In homage to the building's creative heritage and to the beauty of the physical book, this area at the front of the shop will be home to our Art and Design Department,” Foyles said.
The photos have also revealed a “breathtaking assembly hall” in the making, which will house the children’s department and the company has promised that “natural light will be in abundance thanks to rows of large windows”. “The spirit of creativity to live on” when the bookstore moves in, Foyles added.
A spokesperson has told The Bookseller that “everything is on track” for the project to be completed by spring next year.
Earlier in the year, people from across the industry attended workshops to reimagine what the new flagship Foyles store should look like, which were run in partnership with The Bookseller.
More details about which specific ideas have been incorporated will be revealed early next year.