Leicester branch of Waterstones to close

One of the two Waterstones shops in Leicester is to close with nine people under the threat of redundancy.

The Waterstones in Market Street, Leicester, will cease trading on 1st June, the company’s spokesman Jon Howells has confirmed.

Since Waterstones’ new management came in 2011, several stores have closed in towns or cities where there have been two Waterstones in close proximity to one another.

Nine staff have entered into a redundancy consultation, and will be relocated to other stores in the region “where possible.”

A Waterstones statement said: “We would like to thank the booksellers at our Market Street shop for their hard work and professionalism, and the shop’s many customers for their loyal and friendly support and custom over the years. We hope to continue to serve them from our branch in Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester, which is unaffected.”

The Leicester Market Street shop was a former Dillon’s bookshop.