For the first time since Waterstones was bought from the HMV Group in 2011, Managing Director James Daunt has announced the company will be opening 6 new stores.
The first to open will be a replacement of the Waterstones that closed in Dorking two years ago. The new Dorking branch will be in a better location, and promises a children’s section as a main “feature”. Mid-revamp of its stores country-wide (50 stores were made over last year and 60 more are due to get a lick of paint this year), this new store will be in line with the shiny, modernised Waterstones.
The new Dorking branch will bring the tally of the highstreet bookshop to 287 stores nationwide – a resurgence since the closure of campus Waterstones and the Market Street branch in Leicester. There may even be expansion abroad, although Daunt has said an international opening this year is highly unlikely.