Foyles’ flagship store on London’s Charing Cross Road remains closed today (18th October) after a basement flood yesterday.
Simon Heafield, head of marking and brand development at Foyles, said: “The flooding was caused by the sprinkler system in the basement. Thankfully it has not affected the shop floor, but it has caused electrical problems which need to be resolved before we can reopen.”
“We’d like to thank our customers and trade partners for their patience and the support they have shown on social media over the last 24 hours. Our other London branches are open as usual and ready to welcome any Charing Cross Road customers to Royal Festival Hall, London Waterloo Station and Westfield Stratford City.”
“We will keep you updated through Facebook, Twitter and an email to Foyalty customers as soon as there is any news.”
Earlier the bookshop had tweeted:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Foyles, Charing Cross Road is closed. All other Foyles bookshops are open as normal.— Foyles Bookshop (@Foyles) October 17, 2016
It later added:
Update: we're still closed. There's currently lots of water sloshing around in the basement, & no electricity. Books & booksellers unharmed— Foyles Bookshop (@Foyles) October 17, 2016
Foyles moved its flagship Charing Cross Road shop a few doors down the road in June 2014, reopening a “dazzling” new “bookshop of the future” rumoured to have cost £25m.
Designed by architect Alex Lifschutz from Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the then c.e.o Sam Husain said the 37,000 sq ft four-storey retail space heralded “a new era” for Foyles and would ensure the 113-year-old bookseller’s future for the next century.