Foyles to close Westfield branch

Foyles to close Westfield branch

Foyles is to close its Westfield White City bookshop in 10 days’ time. 

The company has taken the decision to surrender its  lease early to Westfield in London's White City (W12) to allow for the redesign and upgrade of the  southwest part of the shopping centre and will close on Sunday 25th January.

The bookshop was opened over six years ago and stocked 25,000 titles from the 5,500 sq ft space. 

The company said it would “consider” returning to the shopping centre after the work has been completed.

There will be no redundancies involved in the closure, with staff being absorbed by other shops. London Westfield manager Ed Woods will become a supervisor at Foyles flagship Charing Cross Road branch.

Sam Husain, c.e.o of Foyles, said: “Foyles Westfield London (White City) is a popular bookshop for families in the area which provides Foyles with a respectable turnover, but we support Westfield London’s decision to redesign this area of the shopping centre. We have no plans to close our branch at Westfield Stratford City and look forward to discussing future opportunities with the Westfield portfolio. We continue to look for properties of a similar size and location to open new branches that will convenience our customers.”

He added: “I would like to thank all our staff who have worked so hard to make Foyles Westfield London (White City) a success and also the publishers, suppliers and our many loyal customers who have supported us over the last six years.”

Keith Mabbett, Westfield’s director of leasing, said he recognized Foyles’ contribution to Westfield London since the shop opened in 2008. He said: “Foyles has proven a favourite amongst families and West London locals and we look forward to discussing future possibilities with Foyles.”