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Waterstones opens ‘indie’ bookshop

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has opened a new store under ‘independent’ branding, reports the Bookseller. Southwold Books opened in July in the seaside town of Southwold and will ‘be run as, and have the ethos of, an independent bookshop’, said Waterstones. The retailer said the new format reflected its strategy of having each of its bookshops able to ‘develop its own personality to best meet the reading interests of its local community’. It added that similar stores would be rolled out in the future if successful. The strategy has attracted a mixed response from independent booksellers. Henry Layte from The Book Hive in Norwich described the move as ‘cynical’, while Lee Mason, owner of Beccles Books, said he was ‘always in favour of anybody opening a bookshop’.

 

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