Waterstones is set to open its “most idiosyncratic” shop to date in Lewes at the end of the month.
After weeks of negotiations the lease has been signed on historic building Dial House in the Cliffe Precinct and the bookshop will incorporate a Café W.
Waterstones managing director James Daunt told The Bookseller that “the Lewes shop will certainly be our most idiosyncratic shop” and also described it as “intriguing”.
The building was originally a Quaker school for young ladies founded in 1826.
The shop’s new mjanager Adam Baldwin said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a brand new bookshop in Lewes. Its gorgeous new design, wonderful range of books and delicious Café W, our bookshop will be a real pleasure to browse , to enjoy with the family and to visit with friends and catch up over a coffee. We are really looking forward to sharing our stunning shop with the many book lovers of this lovely historic town.”
It will open on June 28th.
Yesterday, Waterstones announced it would open a Hatchards store in St Pancras train station in August after Foyles said it would vacate the vicinity at the end of July.
In April, Waterstones opened a store in Ringwood, Hampshire – its first new location since 2008.