Waterstone's Dorking branch to close

Waterstone's Dorking branch to close

Waterstone’s in Dorking is set to close next month, the third branch closure since James Daunt began as managing director.

The shop will finish trading on 1st October and its closure follows the shutting of Waterstone’s in Gateshead on 13th August and the Waterstone’s in Harrods, London, due to see its last day of trade this Saturday (17th September).

Waitrose is understood to own the Dorking Waterstone's branch and trades in the shop beside it. It is believed Waitrose plans to expand its own store into the Waterstone's site.

No explanation has been given for closing the Gateshead branch. The Harrods space left by Waterstone's will be replaced by W H Smith.

A spokeswoman for Waterstone’s said the company is trying to transfer as many employees as possible from the closing-down shops into other jobs.