Waterstones has opened a new 2,050 sq ft store in Glasgow.
The bookselling chain opened a new branch on Byres Road in the West End of the city, covering two floors and stocking over 12,000 books, as well as housing a café.
The bookshop boasts the largest children’s department in the city's West End and also stocks art and cookbooks, history and fiction and an extensive selection of graphic novels and manga titles. It will be managed by Xavier Jones.
Catriona Morrison, Waterstones commercial manager for Scotland, said: “The West End has such a vibrant mix of residents; it’s full of people who love great art, music and literature.
“Byres Road itself is such a busy and important meeting place for the local community, we’re looking forward to meeting their needs in our beautiful new bookshop and those of the many students and tourists that visit each year. We’ll be looking to support local events and will be bringing authors and groups of readers together in the West End to cement Byres Road’s reputation as a local cultural hub.”
The venue was previously inhabited by grocer Roots and Fruits which had been vacant for some time.
A spokesperson for the company said: "Waterstones has worked hard to restore the former fruit and vegetable shop to its former glory. The building has been vacant for some years and had fallen into disrepair. Great care has been taken by Waterstones to preserve and restore many of the building’s original features including lighting, ceiling fans and tiling. The result will be a beautiful bookshop that will be a pleasure to browse - a new cultural highlight in the city’s vibrant West End."
Waterstones Byres Road will be officially opened by Alex Gray in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10.30am this Saturday, followed by visits from authors Sally Magnusson, Kirsty Logan, Matt Bendoris and AH Proctor.
Waterstones has also recently revealed it will open a three-storey shop complete with a bar on London’s Tottenham Court Road in October.
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