Waterstones reveals details of new York store and café

Moving story… Waterstones on High Ousegate. Photograph © Mtaylor848 on Wikipedia
25 Mar 2014 @ 10.22 am
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Moving story… Waterstones on High Ousegate. Photograph © Mtaylor848 on Wikipedia
Moving story… Waterstones on High Ousegate. Photograph © Mtaylor848 on Wikipedia

A new chapter is beginning for the Waterstones bookshop in York – and it will be partly written by bestselling Nordic Noir author Jo Nesbo.

The chain announced in December that it was moving from High Ousegate, its home of 20 years, to Coney Street, in the premises previously occupied by clothes store Republic.

The opening date for the relocated store has now been set for Saturday, April 26. The present store will continue trading until the day before.

Waterstones Coney Street has more than 7,200 sq feet of space over two floors. It will feature a light oak bookcase and slat wall design, expanded ranges of fiction and history books, a large children’s department and a new Café W.

More than books

As well as books, the store will also be home to a range of stationery and gifts.

It will offer free wi-fi and manager Jamie Hanslip says it aims to be a place for the whole family to enjoy.

“With its gorgeous new design, innovative features and delicious Café W, our bookshop will be a real pleasure to browse, to enjoy with the family and to visit with friends and catch up over a coffee,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to sharing our stunning shop with our customers.”

The café

Café W will offer handmade cakes, pastries and delicacies sourced from specialist local producers.

The menu will include tasty chutneys homemade in York by the team at Pucketts Pickles; award-winning jams and marmalades from the Wheldrake-based Mercers of Yorkshire; and bread, cakes and scones from The Bondgate Bakery in Otley.

The café will also sell coffee from Glasgow-based Matthew Algie – approved by the Fairtrade Foundation, Rainforest Alliance and Organic Food Federation.

The opening

Waterstones will launch the new bookshop on Coney Street with a family fun day on the Saturday (April 26) and a book signing with bestselling author Jo Nesbo on Monday 28th April at 1pm.

The Norwegian author of the Harry Hole series of detective novels, Jo has sold more than 23 million books in 40 languages.