June 10, 2014
New Hatchards at St Pancras
by Kirsten Reach
Lisa Campbell reports at The Bookseller that Waterstones is about to open a Hatchards store at St Pancras station in London. The space is about 2,000 square feet, will boast about 15,000 books.
Hatchards is the oldest bookstore in the United Kingdom, founded at Piccadilly in 1797. The sister store is scheduled to open at the beginning of August. It will pass the Patterson test, with a large children’s section planned.
Just to be clear, this is not the space in St Pancras that Foyles is about to lose in July, but one close by that Foyles had toured as a possible alternative and decided not to rent. The former Foyles will become a John Lewis department store. The smaller space and the location seem to be ideal for Hatchards.
“I don’t think it is too small at all. It is bigger than some of my other London shops which do very well,” James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones, told The Bookseller. He also said it seemed fitting to open a second Hatchards next to a second Fortnum and Mason (those shops are side-by-side at the Piccadilly location, too).
In related news, The Guardian posted a timelapse video of Foyles’s move to Charing Cross Road. If you’re into watching books move off of one shelf and onto another, boy, are you in luck. The flagship store opens this Saturday.
Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.