Goldsboro Books is to expand in June, increasing its size by a third. The high-profile independent bookshop, founded in 1999, is currently based at 23–25 Cecil Court in the heart of London’s theatre district. It will expand into the adjacent premises, at 27 Cecil Court, in June.
David Headley, co-founder of the bookshop which specialises in signed first-edition books, said the company plans to knock through the wall to give the bookshop 30% more space, with a refurbishment planned for the whole shop.
Headley said: “We need to expand because we have no space left in the shop for deliveries to come in. The shop is full and we are selling more units, so we need more space. We also want to be able to have more seated events and protect our older collectibles better. We want to stock more children’s titles and literary and crime—fantasy has also really taken off. Things are going mad in the fantasy area at the moment,” he said.
The company’s expansion also coincides with growth in revenue, with sales up 27% in its financial year since October, helped by the relaunch of its website in March.
Headley said the bookshop’s new website, which he spent £15,000 developing, was doing “amazingly well”. He added: “That is another reason we want to expand: we need to increase our size in order to stock books we sell online. We will also be able to stock more range.”