Indie bookshop chain Foyles is to open its first shop outside the capital with a sixth branch opening in Bristol in early March.
The new 5,500 square feet shop will open in Cabot Circus, an enclosed shopping area that is home to over 120 shops, including 15 flagship stores. Current plans for the store include a cafe, performance area and back-office functions on the upper floor with the ground floor devoted to books.
The shop will stock over 13,000 titles featuring fiction, children's, cookery, art, history and travel books. It will be in the Quakers Friars area of Cabot Circus, the restored, historic area of the site, close to Harvey Nichols, Apple and Brasserie Blanc.
Sam Husain, Foyles c.e.o., said: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Foyles to Bristol. When we won the Bookselling Company of the Year in May, we were praised for our 'big values, bold ideas and bookselling prowess' and we are really looking forward to sharing that expertise with the people of Bristol."
The branch will be under the overall management of Susan Sinclair, currently divisional manager, with additional responsibilities for Foyles' shops in the City of London, St Pancras and The Royal Festival Hall. A new shop
manager and staff for the store will be recruited locally.
Foyles' existing five stores in London are located at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, in St Pancras International, in Westfield, Shepherd's Bush, and in the City of London at One New Change, which opened in November. Its flagship store is on Charing Cross Road.