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29 March 2016
Foyles announces return to profit for 2014/2015
Foyles, London’s world-famous bookseller, has announced a return to profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2015.
Turnover for the year grew to £24.4 million (2014: £23.4 million), an increase of 4.3% over the previous year. Gross profit also increased by 0.6%, reflecting a continuation of the underlying improvement of the business and tight control of costs, during a period of significant change following the relocation of the Charing Cross Flagship store. The Company remains cash positive with an EBITDA of £397,053 (2014: £356,433).
The 2014-2015 financial year saw a smooth and successful transition for Foyles, following a historic move of the flagship store to new premises on Charing Cross Road. The Grand Opening Festival ended in July 2014, having attracted thousands into the store for the first time with authors including Hilary Mantel, Yottam Ottolenghi, Michael Palin, PD James and Jarvis Cocker. It was quickly apparent that loyal customers embraced and complimented the new store, both on its layout and environment, while the redesign encouraged a noted increase in new customers, including more family groups. This was evidenced by a sales increase of almost 10% year-on-year for the landmark Charing Cross Road bookshop.
During the first year’s trading the Foyles team fully embraced the possibilities offered by the new space. A new Auditorium played host to a reinvigorated events programmer with highlights including astronaut Chris Hadfield and novelists Ali Smith, Yuval Harari and Ben Lerner.
Trading continued to be robust and ahead of the previous year at Foyles’ branches in Westfield Stratford City, London Waterloo Station, Royal Festival Hall and Bristol Cabot Circus. Branches across the estate played host to a Summer of Stories series of children's events, as well as events with Aardman animations and Books Are My Bag. A proposal to open a new branch at Grand Central shopping centre, Birmingham, above the newly refurbished New Street Station – Britain’s second busiest railway station - was announced in January.
In February 2015 Paul Currie was appointed as CEO following on the retirement of Sam Husain. With many years of experience working at a high level with iconic British retail brands including Molton Brown, Hamleys and M&S, Currie brought new ideas and a fresh energy to the business. His first initiative was a major overhaul of the “Foyalty” loyalty scheme which provides exclusive benefits for members as part of an integrated Customer Retention Program. He has since embarked on a comprehensive strategy to turn the business into a truly multi-channel retailer which retains and enhances a strong focus on customer service.
Meanwhile Foyles’ website www.foyles.co.uk underwent significant restructuring of its operation as part of the repositioning of its offer and delivery.
John Browne, Financial Director of Foyles, comments:
“With a positive cash flow, healthy reserves and a positive trading outlook - both within the business and industry analyst’s projections - Foyles is well placed to expand further and will continue to explore opportunities to open new branches. The Board recognises the importance of the team of dedicated professionals that work for the company and would like to record its appreciation of the outstanding service, dedication and commitment of the staff. Development of staff and managers through coaching and a structured programme of in-house and external training will remain a focus for 2015-2016.”
Paul Currie, CEO of Foyles, comments:
“We have returned the business from being at a loss in a year of great change to a position of profit and stability. This has been achieved through careful cost control and smart operating processes, with thanks to our customers for their continued loyalty. Whilst this is an improvement on 2013/14, we are still challenged by low margins in a retail sector that has heavy costs of operations and low sales density. We continue to explore ways of ensuring the sustainability of the business, through initiatives such as the successful development of our digital delivery systems.”
19 January 2016
Award-Winning Independent Bookstore Foyles Signs Up for Aquila's Bond Street Scheme in Chelmsford
Aquila announced today that it has secured a pre-let agreement with Foyles for its Bond Street retail scheme in Chelmsford city centre, scheduled to open in September this year.
Foyles has exchanged contracts on a 4,300 sq ft store and will provide shoppers the opportunity to purchase book titles of all genres from the award-winning independent bookstore group.
Foyles Bond Street, Chelmsford will be the first branch of the world-famous bookseller opening in the East of England and the third store outside London after Bristol and Birmingham. Foyles’ long and celebrated history in London makes their expansion into this thriving city on the capital’s doorstep the natural next stage in the growth of the business.
Set across two floors, Chelmsford customers will also find an instore café, exclusive events with bestselling authors, children’s creative activities, book clubs and live music. Foyles will focus on putting the customer experience at the heart of the new shop, building on the innovations introduced in Bristol and Birmingham to create a physical environment enhanced by digital technology.
The Bond Street development comprises 250,000 sq ft of retail and leisure plus a 275-space basement car park. Foyles will be joining new retail brands to the City for the first time including John Lewis, the anchor store, occupying approximately 120,000 sq ft, Joules, Fat Face, Monsoon, White Stuff and Schuh.
The shopping experience will also be enhanced by a quality leisure offering including an Everyman boutique cinema and a range of eateries including Byron Hamburgers, Bills, ASK Italian, trans-American cocktail bar and diner Coast To Coast as well as Las Iguanas.
The combination of this open-air shopping environment, riverside restaurants, cinema and landscaped public space will ensure that Bond Street complements the current retail offer in Chelmsford.
Tony Chambers, Founder and Chairman of Aquila, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming such an established and popular brand as Foyles to Chelmsford’s Bond Street scheme. The growing list of retailers choosing to take space in the new shopping and leisure development is a clear testament to the vibrant new destination we are creating, which will serve the thriving mix of people living and visiting the area”.
John Browne, Finance Director and head of real estate at Foyles commented:
“We are looking forward to bringing the Foyles experience to Chelmsford in September, and to joining such an impressive lineup of retailers that are making the move to Bond Street. Customers can expect to enjoy an extensive range of books, stationery and gifts, as well as exclusive author events, family activities, and of course our renowned service from experienced booksellers.”
10 July 2015
Foyles Summer of Fun sees books come to life
with The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Hugless Douglas, LEGO®, Miffy, Maisy, Shaun the Sheep, Thunderbirds and Where’s Wally - 25 July - 30 August
The first Foyles Summer of Fun will see children’s favourite book characters take over Foyles stores across London and Bristol during the holidays. The festival will bring books to life with immersive theatre experiences, making workshops and character visits from the likes of Shaun the Sheep, LEGO® NINJAGO™ Miffy, Where’s Wally, The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.
Where’s Wally will open festivities on Saturday 25 July at Charing Cross Road, London – but you’ll need to find him and his trusty dog Woof first! Then throughout the holidays children’s book characters Maisy, Miffy, Hugless Douglas and An Alien that Loves Underpants will also be making appearances at Foyles Westfield Stratford City, Royal Festival Hall and Cabot Circus, Bristol.
The 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will be celebrated in a not-to-be-missed theatrical experience at Foyles Charing Cross Road on Sunday 16 August. The Mad Hatter will take children on a delicious journey down the rabbit hole to find out why a raven really is like a writing desk, where they'll be treated to bonkers tea and (nutty as a fruit) cake.
Hands-on activities include exclusive new LEGO® construction workshops with expert LEGO® builders, a chance to make your own Shaun the Sheep with an Aardman model maker, adventures in anatomy with Maggie Li, author The Amazing Human Bodies Detectives, and a Thunderbirds Training Day. There will also be Mermaid Storytelling with Cbeebies presenter Cerrie B, illustration lessons with Petr Horacek and Salvatore Rubino, and animal science with Really Wild Show zoologist Nicola Davies.
Andy Quinn, Foyles Head of Events, comments:
“Children’s books are full of well-loved characters, and children are full of creativity, so we thought we’d bring the two together for the very first Foyles Summer of Fun. Whether your child wants to cuddle Maisy, build with LEGO® or investigate the world of science, we’ve got something for everyone over the holidays.”
For more information and for tickets, please visit www.foyles.co.uk/summer-of-fun
29 April 2015
Foyles Summer of Fun:
Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, Minecraft and Aardman all feature in
a celebration for children of all ages - 25 July - 30 August
This summer will see favourite children’s book characters and stories take over Foyles stores across London and Bristol as part of the first Foyles Summer of Fun. Themes of art, nature, fantasy and science will run across the festival where Foyles will aim to bring books to life with immersive theatre experiences, visits from kids’ favourite characters, film screenings and workshops.
With a variety of events from the worlds of Minecraft, Where’s Wally, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars and craft events with Aardman, creators of Shaun the Sheep, there’s something for every child at Foyles this summer. There will be activities for children of all ages, catering to those in the 0-5, 5-8, 8-12 and 12+ groups, with highlights including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the chance to build your own Star Wars droid. Taking place during the school holidays, Foyles Summer of Fun is the perfect way for kids and families to immerse themselves in their favourite stories, books and characters.
Full programme details will be announced nearer the time. For more information and for tickets, please visit www.foyles.co.uk/events
27 January 2015
Sam Husain to retire as CEO of Foyles - Paul Currie appointed as new CEO
Foyles has announced today, 27th January 2015, that Sam Husain will be retiring on his 68th birthday in April. Foyles has appointed Paul Currie as the new CEO. Paul brings with him experience of working at a high level with iconic British retail brands including Molton Brown, Cath Kidston and Hamleys. Sam will cease to be CEO when Paul Currie joins on 16th February but will continue until 30th April to facilitate a smooth handover. Thereafter he will remain with Foyles as a non-executive director.
Sam Husain joined Foyles as Chief Executive in May 2007. He has presided over a period of change and growth at the bookseller, at the same time as the bricks and mortar book retail market has been under tremendous challenge. He has steered the business through five consecutive years of profitable trading, and overseen the move to the new flagship store on Charing Cross Road. Foyles has been consistently respected in the industry, winning Bookseller of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and Children's Bookseller of the Year in 2012.
The judges of the 2013 Bookseller of the Year award commented:
'What Foyles has continued to achieve is inspirational. It's an exciting business doing exciting things. When you think how a really excellent bookshop should be, you think of Foyles.'
Sam has been on the Advisory Council of the Bookseller's Association since 1st June 2009 and on the Board as vice-president since 14th June 2012. He has been an influential spokesperson for the industry, campaigning on behalf of 'bricks and mortar' bookshops for fair terms from publishers.
'Sam has been invaluable to Foyles' continuing renaissance. His leadership has made the past eight years exceptional, culminating in a superb Christmas at our new flagship store and across the business, and news of an exciting new opening in Birmingham. I have enjoyed working with Sam enormously. I'm looking forward to welcoming Paul Currie to Foyles and benefiting from his extensive experience in the retail sector,' says Christopher Foyle, non-executive Chairman of Foyles.
Paul Currie began his career with store management positions at Marks and Spencer, rising through to managing the multi-regional European store development in France. Senior roles at retailers including River Island and Hamleys followed. Paul has acted as a consultant to a number of respected retail brands, including Cath Kidston and the White Company, and was Vice President of Global Retail Sales at Molton Brown. Most recently, Paul acted as a Strategy Adviser to the Executive Chairman of Crabtree and Evelyn.
'The almost eight years I have been CEO of Foyles have been enjoyable and fulfilling. The staff, managers and management team are committed and second to none and are now led by a capable and proven CEO. I believe the company is in excellent hands and in a good position to grow further and benefit from opportunities that arise,' comments Sam Husain.
23 January 2015
Foyles to open in Grand Central Birmingham
Foyles, the award-winning independent bookshop chain, is to open a new branch at Grand Central Birmingham, the city's new £150 million premium retail destination, in September 2015.
Sitting above the newly transformed New Street Station, Grand Central Birmingham is owned by Birmingham City Council and set to open in September 2015. The 500,000 sq ft development, whose anchor store is a 250,000 sq ft John Lewis, is poised to welcome an anticipated 50m visitors per year.
Foyles Grand Central Birmingham will be the second bookshop outside of London to be opened by the family-owned business in recent years, following the opening of Foyles Bristol Cabot Circus in March 2011. At just around 4,300 sq ft, including space for goods-in and a toilet, it will be similar in size and style to existing Foyles branches in Westfield Stratford City, London Waterloo Station and Royal Festival Hall. The store will be under the overall management of Retail Operations Director Siôn Hamilton.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments:
"Grand Central Birmingham fulfils all of our criteria for a new store - a landmark retail destination with high footfall and a quality retail mix, including our neighbours John Lewis. We look forward to selling books to new customers in the West Midlands, whether they be local residents, visitors to Grand Central Birmingham or travellers passing through New Street Station."
Keith Stone, Leasing Director for Grand Central Birmingham said, "We are delighted that Foyles has chosen to open its Birmingham store at Grand Central joining an exciting array of premium retailers, restaurants and cafes already signed up.
"Foyles will be a major attraction for shoppers and commuters using the new world class station and will broaden the retail offering of Grand Central beyond fashion and accessories."
The opening of Foyles Grand Central Birmingham will bring the total number of Foyles bookshops back up to six, following the closure of Foyles Westfield London (White City) in January, with four branches in London, one in Bristol and one in Birmingham.
About Grand Central Birmingham
Grand Central Birmingham is fully integrated within the transformed New Street Station - a £600million project in the city which will be one of the busiest train stations in Britain outside of London, providing better connectivity from Birmingham and the rest of the country. It is positioned to complement Birmingham's existing retail landscape and other major leisure destinations in the city. It will provide a unique shopping and station experience with retailers and restaurants surrounding a stunning atrium-roofed concourse.
o Opening September 2015
o Nearly 500,000 sq ft of shopping and dining
o Anchored by full line 250,000 sq ft John Lewis
o Strong home and technology offer
o Over 60 premium retailers and quality cafes and restaurants
o Further opportunities at Concourse level - 60,000 sq ft retail, dining and cafes
o Overall regeneration of New Street station
o The project is backed by Birmingham City Council, Department for Transport, Network Rail and Centro and will be delivered by Network Rail alongside its delivery partner Mace.
o It's a £600 million project for the regeneration of the station, with a further £150 million investment in the transformation of the Pallasades into Grand Central Birmingham.
o By September 2015, New Street will be transformed into a 21st century transport hub, delivering:
- a light, bright concourse with better facilities and 3.5 times more space
- easier access to platforms with new lifts and escalators
- new entrances, better connecting the station and the Metro extension from Snow Hill station
- new public space and improved pedestrian links across the city, stimulating regeneration
Head to www.grandcentralbirmingham.com to find out more
15 January 2015
Foyles to close at Westfield London (White City)
Foyles, the award-winning independent bookshop chain announced today, 15 January 2015, that it is to close its branch at Westfield London (White City) on Sunday 25 January.
Foyles has volunteered an early surrender of the lease to allow for redesign and upgrade of the southwest part of the shopping centre in the coming months. The bookseller will consider a return to the shopping centre once the work has been completed.
There are no job losses planned. The staff at Foyles Westfield London (White City) will be absorbed by other branches at Westfield Stratford City, Waterloo Station and the new flagship bookshop at Charing Cross Road where Westfield London manager Ed Woods will become a supervisor.
Chief Executive Sam Husain comments:
'Foyles Westfield London (White City) is a popular bookshop for families in the area which provides Foyles with a respectable turnover, but we support Westfield London's decision to redesign this area of the shopping centre. We have no plans to close our branch at Westfield Stratford City and look forward to discussing future opportunities with the Westfield portfolio. We continue to look for properties of a similar size and location to open new branches that will be convenient for our customers.'
'I would like to thank all our staff who have worked so hard to make Foyles Westfield London (White City) a success and also the publishers, suppliers and our many loyal customers who have supported us over the last six years.'
Keith Mabbett, Westfield's Director of Leasing comments:
"We have been delighted to work with award winning bookstore Foyles and recognise their contribution to Westfield London since opening in 2008. Foyles has proven a favourite amongst families and West London locals and we look forward to discussing future possibilities with Foyles, whilst our Westfield Stratford City branch remains an important part of the retail mix in our East London centre."
Foyles opened in Westfield London, the largest in-town shopping and leisure destination in Europe, on Thursday 30 October 2008. The bookshop housed 25,000 titles across 5,500 sq ft of retail space.
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3 November 2014
FOYLES SHORTLISTED AT ORACLE RETAIL WEEK AWARDS 2015
Foyles has been named a finalist in the 'Customer Innovation of the Year' category for Foyles Book Search at the Oracle Retail Week Awards, to be held on 12th March 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Dubbed the 'Oscars' of the retail industry, the Oracle Retail Week Awards highlight and celebrate how critical retail is to UK growth, through its standing as the largest private sector employer and through its contribution to GDP. The prestigious event, attended by the brightest and best in UK retail, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.
With a 24% increase in entries, this year has seen the highest number of retailers participating in the awards' history, resulting in 112 finalists. Each of the 14 categories rewards the leading names in UK retail for their standards of excellence and innovation in managing the ever-changing demands of today's shopper.
Brand new for 2015 is the 'Customer Innovation of the Year' award which aims to honour a company that has created services designed with the customer at their core. The new category reflects the growing trend of innovation in retail and celebrates the best advances within the market.
The shortlist will be judged by a panel of leading industry authorities, including: Alex Baldock, Chief Executive Officer at Shop Direct; Andy Clarke, President & Chief Executive Officer at Asda; Peter Ruis, Chief Executive Officer at Jigsaw; John King, Chief Executive Officer at House of Fraser.
Speaking of this year's shortlist, Retail Week's Editor-in-Chief, Chris Brook-Carter said, "As the dynamic UK retail market continues to innovate, grow and compete internationally, the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2015 is set to acknowledge the best in our industry as they continue to deliver outstanding results for the nation's shoppers.
"We've been overwhelmed with the calibre and the quantity of entries received from retailers up and down the country this year - they have by far exceeded all expectations. This year is going to be tougher than ever for the judges due to the standard of the shortlist - it truly highlights how critical retail is to UK growth, through both its contribution to GDP this year and as the largest private sector employer. "
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles comments:
"At Foyles, we are always looking for ways in which technology can improve our customers' access to books, without detracting from the pleasure of browsing in our bookshops. Foyles Book Search has the potential to create delightful new paths of discovery in our new bookshop, and it complements our knowledgeable booksellers who are always on hand to make personal recommendations and answer any questions."
The awards ceremony in March will be hosted by celebrated comedian and actor Steven Mangan, best known and admired for his film & TV roles in Green Wing, Episodes and Rush and most recently on stage in London's West End play 'Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense'.
Keep up to date with the finalists on Twitter by following and using #ORWA.
31 October 2014
Foyles Masterclasses to launch in early 2015
As part of its flourishing events programme, in early 2015 Foyles will be launching Foyles Masterclasses, a series of practical and forward-thinking courses, with content as broad as the interests of Foyles customers.
From Craft to Psychology, Illustration to Photography, Cookery to Publishing, Foyles Masterclasses will be taught by a host of experts and authors, often drawing on their latest publications.
Foyles Masterclasses will take place in the Auditorium at Foyles, located on the sixth floor of the new Foyles bookshop at 107 Charing Cross Road, building on the educational heritage of the former home of Central St Martins College.
Becky Fincham, a freelance consultant who worked alongside Andy Quinn as a programmer for the Foyles Grand Opening Festival in June is to oversee the programme as Manager of Foyles Masterclasses. A Bookseller Rising star of 2011, Fincham has worked in publishing for 12 years, including 5 and a half years at Faber as Head of Tutors and Programming at Faber Academy and Manager of Faber Social.
Becky will report to Andy Quinn, Head of Events.
24 September 2014
Foyles supports Books Are My Bag on October 9th
Foyles bookshops will be backing the UK's first official Super Thursday on 9th October with a group wide marketing campaign and special window displays. On the same day Foyles will also host the launch party for the second industry-wide 'Books are My Bag' initiative at its new flagship store on Charing Cross Road. To mark the occasion, a giant 3-metre bag sculpture has been commissioned and will be displayed in the Atrium at Foyles.
For the first time ever this year Super Thursday, has been acknowledged by publishers and booksellers as a national book event, supported by the Bookseller's Association.
The Books Are My Bag campaign (BAMB), supported by the trade and co-ordinated by the Booksellers Association (BA), is also launching for its second year on 9th October. The BAMB campaign sees tote bags given out in bookshops across the country and will culminate in "Big Bookshop Parties" the following Saturday, 11th October. As part of this, Foyles Charing Cross Road has lined up three events hosted by stellar names in the comedy world.
Books Are My Bag 'Big Bookshop Party', Saturday 11 October
Lucy Porter Loves Books, 3-4pm
Venue: The Auditorium, Level Six
Award-winning comedian, writer and actress Lucy Porter will do a stand-up show about the joy of reading. Star of Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Argumental, Porter is currently on her third sell-out UK tour as well as regularly performing the world over.
Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, 4-5pm
Venue: The Auditorium, Level Six
Comedian Robin Ince will present an acclaimed show about the worst books on the planet - unintentionally hilarious books that he has found at jumble sales, junk shops and even the odd skip.
My Life In Books with Jenny Eclair, Sara Pascoe and guests, hosted by BBC Radio 4's Viv Groskop, 5-6pm
Venue: The Auditorium, Level Six
Jenny Éclair will join Channel 4's Stand Up for the Week Sara Pascoe (shortlisted for this year's Edinburgh Comedy Award) and other guests from the world of comedy in conversation with BBC Radio 4's Viv Groskop (Front Row, Loose Ends) to talk about their favourite books, the moment in life that reading saved them - and the books they really could have done without.
Tickets to each of the above events are £5 and include a complimentary drink.
Storytelling with the Roald Dahl Museum
As part of the Books Are My Bag 'Big Bookshop Party', Foyles has also invited the storytellers of the Roald Dahl Museum to perform in children's departments across its branches.
They will be at Charing Cross Road between 11:30am and 12:30pm, Royal Festival Hall between 1pm and 2pm, Westfield Stratford City between 2:30pm and 3:30pm and Westfield London between 4pm and 5pm.
Tickets are free, although booking is recommended.
16 June 2014
The Great Bookshop Debate
What's the role of bookshops on our ever-changing high streets?
Independent Booksellers Week debate announced
WHEN: Wednesday 2 July 2014, 7:30pm-9.00pm
WHERE: The Auditorium, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2 0DT
News for release, 16 June 2014, 11am: As part of this year's Independent Booksellers Week (IBW), the Booksellers Association (BA), in association with The Bookseller and Foyles, announces panellists for its Great Bookshop Debate. Chaired by New Statesman editor Jason Cowley, participating panellists include authors, journalists and leading figures from book trade. Speakers are:
- Louise Doughty, author, critic and cultural commentator
- Mark Forsyth, author
- Kate Gunning, Key Accounts Manager, Penguin Random House
- Siôn Hamilton, Retail Operations Director, Foyles
- Robert Hiscox, founder, Hiscox Insurance and co-owner the White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, Wiltshire
- Nicholas Lovell, writer, consultant and gamer
The debate will be an opportunity for the bookselling community, authors, media figures and book-loving consumers to discuss the issues facing bookshops today. How do authors feel about their readers shopping for their books online? How do 'traditional' bookshops meet the needs of multi-channel customers? How do publishers make sure that high street bookshops thrive in a cut-throat commercial environment? What's the future for independent bookshops? How do readers want to read and how does the book trade give consumers what they want?
Louise Doughty said: "All authors are passionately attached to high street bookshops: the opportunity to browse, the expertise of the staff, the chance of a decent coffee while we are at it...but we almost all own e-readers and, like any other book buyer, love the swift access of online shopping as well as loving other people having access to our own works. We are a greedy breed: we want both outlets to thrive. Does the battle for bookselling need to be Godzilla versus the Mutos or can the two come to a cheerful accommodation? Authors are very much hoping they can."
The event is being held as part of Independent Booksellers Week - an annual celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, which takes place from 28 June-5 July. Tickets are free and places can be reserved by going to http://www.foyles.co.uk/Great-Bookshop-Debate
WHEN: Thursday 3 July 2014, 7:30pm-9.00pm
WHERE: The Auditorium, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2
Another great event taking place at Foyles during IBW is a special Independent Booksellers Week edition of Literary Death Match.
Literary Death Match, the world's biggest live literary gameshow is coming to Independent Booksellers Week with Windmill Books (the online home of literary publishers William Heinemann, Hutchinson and, of course, Windmill). Join Alexandra Heminsley, Carys Bray, Nick Harkaway, John Boyne and more for a star-studded show to whet your literary whistle!
Tickets are £7 and available in advance from http://www.foyles.co.uk/Literary-Death-Match
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Notes to editors:
About The Booksellers Association
The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland Limited ["BA"], representing over 95% of the specialist booksellers in the UK and Ireland, is committed to providing the widest possible range of services to its membership, the value of which far outweigh the cost of being a member.
The BA is an inclusive association, representing bookshop chains, general and specialist independents, institutional suppliers, wholesalers, and supermarkets who sell books.
The Association is very active in representing booksellers' interests to publishers, the UK Government and the European Commission. But the BA particularly focuses on providing services to help its members increase sales and reduce costs, e.g. Electronic Gift Cards, which facilitate the gifting of books in a modern, easy and attractive way (only BA members can sell and exchange Book Tokens).
The BA also organises the annual Book Industry Conference, the conference for academic booksellers and publishers, and is a sponsor of The London Book Fair.
Independent Booksellers' Week, 28 June-5 July 2014
Independent Booksellers' Week (IBW), now in its eighth year, is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the important part that 'indies' play in their communities and the excellent, personal service they provide for customers. Hundreds of events and promotions will be taking place at independent bookshops around the country. Local bookshops who take part in IBW are supported by the BA with the preparation of toolkit packs, including information on how to engage with the local community and media, and point-of-sale materials.
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, as well as Children's Bookseller of the Year 2012, has bookshops on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford City and London Waterloo Station, as well as a branch at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol.
Designed by architects LDS as a 'bookshop for the 21st century' the new flagship Foyles at 107 Charing Cross Road houses a range of over 200,000 different titles on four miles (6.5km) of shelves. With 37,000 square feet of flexible retail space, spread across eight alternating levels around a full height central atrium, the retail layout allows for easy navigation and the serendipitous discovery of new books.
The Foyles website has millions of books and over 400,000 eBooks for sale, with live stock availability from all its bookshops and details of upcoming literary events and book signings. Foyles also sells nook ereaders and tablets.
5 June 2014
Foyles announces partnership with Green Carnation Prize
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, has today, Thursday 5 June, announced its two year partnership with the Green Carnation Prize for writing.
The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, and has a reputation of championing LGBT writers from the UK. This year will see the growth of the prize, to encompass works of translation, which only can be encouraged by a partnership with Foyles. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship shop to host the award ceremony and public events celebrating the prize, with Simon Heafield, Communications Manager at Foyles, on the judging panel.
Simon Heafield, Communications Manager for Foyles said:
"As a bookshop very committed to showcasing the wonderfully diverse world of literature, we're proud to be supporting the Green Carnation Prize. In its short history, the Prize has already established itself as a dependable marque of quality, bringing new readers to books that really deserve to be more widely known. Among the many literary prizes that have done little to move with the times, the Green Carnation stands out as one destined to become one of the highlights of the literary calendar."
Simon Savidge, Honorary Director and co-founder of the Green Carnation said:
"I am beyond delighted that the Green Carnation Prize is to be in association with Foyles in 2014 and 2015 bringing you the best LGBT writing published in the UK. Both parties have a clear vision to bring readers the best published LGBT writing available in the UK both in print and in person, with some great events celebrating long listed authors and winners past and future plus LGBT's literary history which is sometimes forgotten, it is a very exciting time for the prize."
For more information please visit: www.foyles.co.uk or www.greencarnationprize.com
For further information, images, interviews with the judges or any other Green Carnation enquiries please email
2nd May 2014
Foyles Grand Opening Festival: Hilary Mantel leads an all-star programme of events to launch the new Foyles flagship shop, 11 June - 5 July 2014
Musician and songsmith Jarvis Cocker, award-winning crime novelist Val McDermid, best-selling novelist Sebastian Faulks, novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, double Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, children's writer Michael Rosen and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone are among the new authors announced for the Foyles Grand Opening Festival (11 June - 5 July 2014), as tickets go on sale at 12pm today, Friday 2 May 2014.
Foyles, UK National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, will open the doors to its much-anticipated new store at 107 Charing Cross Road, London, in early June 2014. Designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands as 'a bookshop for the 21st century', the spacious former home of Central Saint Martins is just a step away from Foyles' current location.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies author Hilary Mantel will officially open the new flagship bookshop on Charing Cross Road on 13 June 2014. The formal opening of each new department will then be undertaken by a well-loved author: Simon Armitage, Poetry; Mary Beard, History and Politics; Malorie Blackman, Children's and YA; Jarvis Cocker, Music; PD James, Crime Fiction; Mark Kermode, Film and Theatre; Henry Marsh, Medical; Yotam Ottolenghi, Cookery; Michael Palin, Travel; Grayson Perry, Art; Biz Stone, Business; Sarah Waters, Fiction. Many will mark the occasion by unveiling a table of their top ten books from the department, personally recommended for Foyles customers to discover.
Sion Hamilton, Retail Operations Director of Foyles comments: "Bookshops are where you find yourself surrounded by voices, places where you discover what you didn't know before. The role of booksellers is to guide readers through this experience and we're delighted to be joined by some of the most loved writers of our time to recommend new avenues of reading enjoyment for our customers at Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road."
During the three week celebration from 11 June - 5 July 2014 the store's dedicated events spaces - which include the 200-seater Auditorium at Foyles for talks and concerts, a purpose-built gallery and a new Café at Foyles - will be brought to life by activities for all ages, including book signings, jazz and classical concerts, lunchtime talks, topical debates, film screenings and creative workshops.
To book tickets visit: http://www.foyles.co.uk/events and follow Foyles on Twitter @foyles for more information and updates.
28 March 2014
Foyles Grand Opening Festival:
Michael Palin, Sarah Waters, Simon Armitage, Malorie Blackman, PD James & Yotam Ottolenghi to launch 'a bookshop for the 21st century'
11 June - 4 July 2014
Traveller and writer Michael Palin, bestselling novelist Sarah Waters, award-winning poet Simon Armitage, Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, crime writer PD James and acclaimed chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, will be among the first authors to appear at Foyles' new flagship bookshop in London as part of the Foyles Grand Opening Festival this summer.
Foyles, UK National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, will open the doors to its much-anticipated new store at 107 Charing Cross Road in early June 2014. Designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands as 'a bookshop for the 21st century', the spacious former home of Central Saint Martins is just a step away from Foyles current location at 113-119 Charing Cross Road London.
The Foyles Grand Opening Festival will celebrate the occasion with three-weeks of literature and culture from 11 June - 4 July 2014. During this time the store's dedicated events spaces will be brought to life by an all-star line-up of authors and activities for all ages, including book signings, jazz and classical concerts, lunchtime talks, topical debates, film screenings and creative workshops. Other events confirmed to date include a performance by the newly-formed Foyles Festival Chorus, led by Juliet Russell with both staff and customers in its number, and evenings with Foyles regulars Salon London, The White Review and Laydeez Do Comics.
Further Foyles Grand Opening Festival announcements will be made in the coming months with tickets on sale from mid-April. For updates and information on ticket booking customers can follow @Foyles on Twitter or sign up to the Foyles newsletter at: www.foyles.co.uk/Public/JoinMail.aspx
Siôn Hamilton, Retail Operations Director of Foyles, said: "We're incredibly honoured that some of the most-loved writers of our time are joining us to celebrate the opening of our new flagship bookshop, with many more still to be announced. Ever since the first author lectures of the 1920s, Foyles has a long heritage of supporting authors and bringing them together with their readers. The new custom-designed events spaces at Foyles 107 Charing Road will continue this famous tradition in style. We look forward to welcoming the writers, thinkers, actors and readers who will continue to shape our lives over the next century."
Bestselling novelist Sarah Waters has appeared at Foyles many times during her career. She said:
"Foyles has been a feature of London's literary landscape for more than a hundred years, a bookshop with a special place in the affections of writers and readers alike. It's going to be terrific to see it make the move to its glorious new home, and I'm thrilled that I'll have a part in the opening celebrations."
The festival builds on Foyles' famous literary events programme, including the Charing Cross Road Festival and the ever-popular Ray's Jazz performances and classical concerts. This will continue apace in the new shop's event and cultural facilities, which include a 200-seater auditorium for talks and concerts, a purpose-built gallery and a new Café at Foyles.
The new Foyles flagship shop will house a range of over 200,000 different titles on four miles (6.5km) of shelves - the equivalent of lining one bank of the Thames with books from Battersea Power Station to the Tower of London. With 37,000 square feet of flexible retail space, spread across eight alternating foot-plates over four floors, it will be the largest bookshop to open in the UK so far this century. An impressive full height central atrium and large windows will fill the space with natural light, while the retail layout will allow for easy navigation and the serendipitous discovery of new books.
Foyles, which was founded in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle, first opened on Charing Cross Road in 1906 and moved to its current location at 113-119 Charing Cross Road in 1929. Declared by William Foyle to be 'the world's first purpose-built bookshop', it quickly became one of the capital's most well-known literary landmarks. William's daughter, Christina, built friendships with some of the leading writers of the time and pioneered bookshop author events, beginning a lecture series in the 1920s and founding the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons in 1930.
As the business has expanded again in recent years and returned to profit, with Christina's nephew Christopher Foyle as Chairman and CEO Sam Husain at the helm, the new shop celebrates a new chapter for this world-renowned, family-owned enterprise.
4 March 2014
Foyles supports Book Aid International's 60th anniversary appeal, Open Doors, by raising funds for the Monkey Bay Library in Malawi
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2013, is raising money and awareness for the Monkey Bay Library in Malawi as part of a partnership with Book Aid International for the month of March.
In 2014 Book Aid International is celebrating 60 years of providing books to some of the poorest communities in the world improving the library services for children in 60 libraries in Cameroon, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Alongside raising money in stores, Foyles is donating 10% of every purchase made by customers online via the web page http://www.foyles.co.uk/book-aid. Foyles' support of Book Aid International will help towards providing specialised training for at least two of the current three library staff, providing 2500 high quality new books from the UK and approximately 350 books purchased locally, and will also help provide a grant for the library to use in order to make the space welcoming and inspiring for young library users. Foyles is also supporting BAI's 'Reverse Book Club' by displaying leaflets in all its shops and sending these out to customers who buy online. Posters and till point signage can be found in all Foyles shops, and customers can pick up special Book Aid International bookmarks as thanks for their instore donations.
Book Aid International Director Alison Hubert says: "Book Aid International is very grateful to Foyles for their support. This initiative connects people in the UK who believe in the power of books with the children of Monkey Bay who will enjoy a revitalised library and improved prospects for the future thanks to their support."
Michael Palin also commented: "I hope book-lovers everywhere will join me in supporting this inspiring and simple initiative. Just by choosing to buy your books through Foyles' dedicated webpage this month, you can help Book Aid International to fill the shelves of the library in Monkey Bay, Malawi with books that will open doors to a brighter future for the children in this rural community in one of the world's least developed countries. Just one book can change a life. Imagine what a whole library could do."
Lisa Bywater, Head of Marketing at Foyles, stated "We are excited to be working with Book Aid International in their 60th anniversary year. We hope that our support, and the support of our customers, will make a real contribution towards improved library services for children in Monkey Bay, Malawi, as well as helping to raise awareness of the charity's ongoing and vital work in sub-Saharan Africa".
10 February 2014
The Folio Prize shortlist
Statement from Foyles on The Folio Prize shortlist
Jonathan Ruppin, Web Editor for Foyles, comments:
"The shortlist is a real statement of intent by the judges, with a clear emphasis on authors with distinctive and unusual approaches to writing. The inclusion of a collection of short stories and a verse novel indicates a belief in writers who chose their medium for its artistic rather than commercial possibilities. There is no doubt that the Prize intends to reward serious literary endeavour and those writers who are innovative in their use of language.
"The dominance of American writers is the biggest talking point, as it pre-empts the widespread suggestion that opening up the Man Booker Prize to writers beyond the Commonwealth this year is likely to produce a similarly skewed longlist.
"The presence of three first-time authors is a little surprising; their lack of experience means they tend to be scarce on major prize shortlists, but all three have already been widely acclaimed as ground-breaking.
"It's difficult to identity a favourite, but my tip would be A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing. It's become quite the word-of-mouth phenomenon since winning the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize."
7 February 2014
Foyles opens at London Waterloo Station on Saturday 8th February 2014
Foyles, award winning Bookseller of the Year in 2013, has announced an opening date of Saturday 8th February 2014 at 9am for its new shop at London Waterloo Station.
The new store will be the second Foyles bookshop in a London rail terminus and, at 2800sqft, will be similar in size and style to the existing branch at St Pancras International. Opening hours will be 7.00am to 9:30pm. Footfall at London Waterloo is reputed to be the highest in the UK with around 125 million people passing through the station every year.
The design for the store will incorporate elements of the original station design, including the cupola-style ticket booths, and will be split over a ground floor and mezzanine. Foyles at London Waterloo Station will stock a range of around 15,000 titles as well as gifts and stationery.
The ground floor will carry new titles and bestsellers, with a focus on Fiction, Children's and Travel, ideal for the time-pressed commuter. There will also be sections covering Art, Biography, Business, Cookery, History, Science, Sport and more.
The mezzanine level will offer a bubble of tranquillity amidst the hurly-burly of the UK's busiest rail terminus with a deeper range of Fiction to browse, including Crime and Science Fiction.
The first 200 customers to walk through the door on Saturday from 7am onwards will receive a free, limited edition Foyles at London Waterloo goody bag. On Monday February 10th, just ahead of the early evening rush hour, a tombola will take place in store, while bounce-back vouchers will be given out for customers to use in March.
Chief Executive, Sam Husain, comments
"We are excited about opening our latest bookshop in London Waterloo Station in early February. Our success in St Pancras International has demonstrated how well our branches perform at major London termini and how much their range and quality is appreciated by busy commuters. A few months later, we will relocate our flagship store on Charing Cross Road, with over 200,000 titles, a few doors down to the iconic former Central Saint Martins College. We very much look forward to welcoming customers at all our stores".
Manager Patrizia Sorrentino will head up the Foyles London Waterloo store which will have a total of ten booksellers.
The opening of the London Waterloo branch will bring the total number of Foyles bookshops to seven, with six branches in London and one in Bristol.
29 January 2014
Beverley Aspinall to join Foyles Board
Foyles announced today that it has appointed Beverley Aspinall as a non-executive Director. She will join the Foyles Board in February.
Currently Managing Director Bond Street, a three-day-a-week role focussing on business improvements to London's Bond Street, she will be working as Retail Advisor to the award-winning independent bookshop chain.
Beverley Aspinall began her working career as a graduate trainee with the John Lewis Partnership, rising to Managing Director of Peter Jones where she led the implementation of a complete brand and store revitalisation strategy. She subsequently developed the Masterplan to refurbish John Lewis Oxford Street. More recently, she was Managing Director at Weston-family owned Fortnum & Mason, another high-profile brand that has successfully undergone a renaissance.
Beverley joins the current six-person board, including Chairman Christopher Foyle, non-executive directors Bill Samuel and Bob Burnett, and Executive Directors Sam Husain, John Browne and Siôn Hamilton.
The appointment was brokered by executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson.
Foyles Chief Executive, Sam Husain, comments,
'We are delighted to welcome Beverley to the Foyles board. Her operational and commercial leadership experience across the whole spectrum of a high-profile department store, from buying and floor management to general store management, will make her an invaluable addition to the Board, particularly as we open our new flagship in Charing Cross Road. We very much look forward to working with her.'
Beverley Aspinall adds,
'I am excited to be appointed to the Board of Foyles and to have the opportunity to work with this iconic retailer, especially as it moves in to an important new era in its long and distinguished history. The move to the new store in Charing Cross Road, and the prospect of further development with the brand, make this a particularly exciting appointment. I very much look forward to working with the Board and the staff at Foyles in the years to come.'
21 November 2013
Foyles announces results for the financial year ending 30th June 2013.
The double award-winning independent bookshop chain, which has five branches in London and one in Bristol, reported pre-tax profits of £83,294, a decline on the previous year (£152,552 in 2012) with turnover also slightly down to £22.9 million from £23.5 million in 2012.
As in the previous two years, sales at the flagship Charing Cross Road branch continued to be disrupted by the Tottenham Court Road Underground Station development. This disruption was exacerbated by below-budget trading during London 2012, an experience shared by many retailers across London. Despite being well-positioned at Westfield Stratford City, visitor traffic was actively diverted from retail areas directly into the Olympic park. Nevertheless, Foyles is already seeing significant year-on-year improvements at Westfield Stratford City post London 2012, with particularly strong Christmas sales.
Foyles made every effort to mitigate the effect of the downturn with a series of high profile events, including appearances by bestselling writers Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Caitlin Moran (in conjunction with TimeOut), and a summer festival in partnership with other retailers to drive footfall to the Charing Cross Road. Live events at Ray's Jazz Café on the first floor of the Charing Cross Road flagship continued to be very popular.
Sales at Foyles' other branches at the Royal Festival Hall, St Pancras International, Westfield London, and Cabot Circus in Bristol have held up well, with all five stores trading satisfactorily.
Investment in the Foyles website has continued unabated. Customers can now browse over 16 million new and used books as well as ebooks, music and a range of gifts and stationery, either for home delivery or collection in the branch of their choice.
Foyles' focus stays trained on new shop openings, with Foyles at Waterloo Station - the highest footfall station in the UK - set to begin trading in late January 2014 and Foyles' new flagship on Charing Cross Road due to open in late spring.
Ahead of the move to 107 Charing Cross Road, Foyles partnered with Comica Festival to commission fourteen of the UK's finest graphic artists to produce a 28-panel graphic history of Foyles on the hoardings in front of the new flagship store.
Sam Husain, Chief Executive of Foyles, comments:
"As well as the imminent opening of our new branch at Waterloo Station, our focus is on the move of the flagship storeto 107 Charing Cross Road, the former Central St Martin's College of Art building, less than a hundred metres from our existing shop.
"The vibrant spaces, the layout of the floor plates which include a larger gallery and café, and the general ambience of the new store present an opportunity to introduce new retail practices that will make a visit to this bookshop a necessary experience for Londoners and visitors alike. Wealso remain committed to our core expertise of range bookselling and will ensure that our new flagship is always well stocked with books, in specialist departments run by knowledgeable and helpful booksellers, making browsing and buying as enjoyable as possible.
"Finally, I would like to record our appreciation of the exemplary service, dedication and hard work of all our booksellers."
Notes to Editors
- Foyles has five branches in London on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, at St Pancras International and Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford City and one in Cabot City, Bristol
- It will open its seventh branch at Waterloo Station in January 2014
- Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; the business has been on Charing Cross Road since 1906 and remains in family ownership.
Foyles and HarperCollins offer eBook bundling for bricks and mortar bookshops
31st October 2013
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2013, has announced a partnership with HarperCollins to offer customers eBook bundling for trade books. From today, Thursday 31st October, a selection of eight HarperCollins hardbacks and their eBook versions will be available to buy together in an 'eBook bundle' for the first time in a UK high street bookshop.
The eight titles available to buy as 'eBook bundles' are:
Catastrophe by Max Hastings
Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
As Luck Would Have It by Derek Jacobi
Faster Than Lightning by Usain Bolt
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
The Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Buying an 'eBook bundle' will cost around £5 more than buying the hardback alone.
Each physical book will be shrink-wrapped, with a voucher code for the eBook version included inside. The eBooks will be provided by Foyles' eBook service 'Foyles powered by txtr'. Customers will be able to visit www.foyles.co.uk/bundles and enter the unique code to download their eBook in ePub format, which can be read on phones and tablets using the Foyles eReading app (a free download from the Apple iTunes store or Android GooglePlay Store), or on any eReader or desktop that accepts ePub books.
Foyles CEO Sam Husain says:
'EBook bundling is something that Foyles customers regularly ask for so we're really pleased to partner with HarperCollins to offer more choice and convenience for readers. It will allow customers more flexibility to enjoy hardback books at home and carry the eBook version with them when travelling, or to give books as gifts.'
Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins says
'HarperCollins is always keen to experiment with getting our authors' work into the hands of readers in as many different formats as possible. We are delighted to be part of this industry first with Foyles and are very much looking forward to seeing how readers respond.'
Foyles to open at Waterloo Station
24th July 2013
Foyles, Britain's largest independent bookshop chain and double-award winning Bookseller of the Year, is to open a new branch at Waterloo Station in the first week of November.
The new store will be the second Foyles bookshop in a London rail terminus and, at 3,000 sq ft, will be similar in size and style to the existing branch at St Pancras International. Footfall at Waterloo is the highest in the UK with around 125 million people passing through the station every year.
The bookshop will have a ground floor and mezzanine. The ground floor will focus on new titles, children's and travel with the mezzanine housing more fiction and other categories. Foyles at Waterloo will stock approximately 15,000 titles as well as gifts and stationery.
Foyles at Waterloo will be under the overall management of Divisional Manager, Susan Sinclair, who will be appointing a new store manager, supervisor and an anticipated nine booksellers.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments:
'We are very much looking forward to serving new readers from our latest bookshop at Waterloo station. Much like our beloved shop at St Pancras International, Foyles at Waterloo will be ideal for commuters who need a quick read for the train or a gift on the go, or a browsing oasis for those who wish to stay a bit longer.''
The opening of the Waterloo branch will bring the total number of Foyles bookshops to seven, with six branches in London and one in Bristol.
Foyles wins National Bookseller of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards for the second year running
14th May 2013
Foyles has been crowned National Bookseller of the Year for the second year in a row at The Bookseller Industry Awards, announced last night, Monday 13 May.
This is the seventh time that Foyles has been named Bookseller of the Year. With five branches across London and one in Bristol, the chain won the National Bookseller of the Year award last year, and in 2010, and also won Chain Bookselling Company of the Year in 2008 and Independent Bookseller of the Year at ceremonies prior.
Foyles was also commended for its Christmas marketing campaign 'The Foyles Patented Foolproof Gift Acquisition System'. The fully integrated flowchart campaign resulted in sales well above the high street average for book retail, and was praised as an imaginative idea, conceived and executed entirely in house.
The award for National Bookseller of the Year was collected by Sam Husain, Chief Executive of Foyles. He thanked the judges, fellow bookshops, publishing houses and Foyles customers for their support. He also highlighted the hard work of Foyles booksellers across all six Foyles stores and on their website www.foyles.co.uk , and took the opportunity to thank them for their enthusiasm and expertise.
The judges said: "...what Foyles has continued to achieve is inspirational. It's an exciting business doing exciting things. When you think of what a really excellent bookshop should be, you think of Foyles."
Sam Husain said:
"We're very grateful to the judges and to our fellow booksellers on the shortlist, and mostly we thank our phenomenal booksellers, who amaze us daily with their knowledge, passion and simple ability to put the right books into the right hands. We are honoured to be recognised again this year for our efforts, which are mirrored by so many great bookshops up and down the country. We could not have accomplished half of what we do without the support of our publishing partners, whose enthusiasm is vital for a thriving independent sector. And we would like to thank our customers, who we hope we continue to serve in the best way possible. We believe firmly that the role of bricks & mortar booksellers is fundamental in allowing readers to find books, and with our move in 2014 to our new flagship, we are looking forward to finding new ways to do this for many, many years to come. ."
In December 2012 Foyles announced a fourth year of profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2012. The National and Children's Bookseller of the Year 2012 reported pre-tax profits of £152,552, with turnover up to £23,492,891 (£22,848,251 in 2011). Particularly strong sales growth were reported from Foyles at Westfield Stratford City and at Foyles.co.uk
Highlights of the last year included:
- The inaugural Love Charing Cross Road Festival, a celebration of culture at the heart of literary London, resulting in increased footfall to the Charing Cross Road store
- A collaboration with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to hold a series of workshops with publishing, retail and technology experts and customers to source ideas for the new flagship store at 107 Charing Cross Road
- The launch of enCounter Culture, which links Foyles' online content to their instore selections and activities, with author interviews, introductions to new writers and recommendations for local events.
- Two pop-up experiments - Foyles at Goldsmiths Row Book Market and Foyles at Central St Martins
- At the end of August 2012, Foyles started selling the NOOK range of ereaders and tablets both in-store and online
- Innovative promotions including a graphic history of Foyles covering the scaffolding at 107-109 Charing Cross Road, a pop-up radio station instore with Fiction Uncovered, and an exclusive short story written for us by Alexander McCall Smith
- A 'Foyles and Curtis Brown Discovery Day' offering people the chance to pitch their book ideas and receive one-to-one feedback from agents about how to get their books published
Foyles have continued to develop partnerships with publishers, authors and organisations to create their truly unique programme of events across the London and Bristol stores. A major highlight this year a partnership with the Comica Festival, the leading graphic novel festival in the UK. Foyles hosted almost the entire Comica Festival, including incredibly rare appearances from Robert and Aline Crumb. Foyles also worked with Comica to create a 3m-high and 30m-wide graphic history of Foyles, created by fourteen of Britain's finest graphic artists, which now covers the tunnel hoardings in front of 107 - 109 Charing Cross Road.
Foyles events programme was as diverse as ever in 2012, with further high profile Time Out events from authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Caitlin Moran, as well as bespoke workshop events, discussions on literary translation, politics and even an exhibition created and curated entirely by Foyles booksellers. Foyles have also held regular Ray's Jazz and classical music performances in The Café and The Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road.
This year, Foyles also announced the first plans around the flagship store move to 107 Charing Cross Road, the former home of Central St Martins College of Art and Design in Spring 2014. The relocated Foyles flagship store will span approximately 37,000 sq feet with nine floor plates across four floors, and a full height central atrium. This custom-fitted bookselling space in the heart of literary London will retain Foyles' unique character, events and exhibition spaces, a café and of course floors of books across its renowned range of subjects and specialities. Foyles' famous literary events programme, plus its increasingly popular jazz and classical performances continue apace in the new store.
Miriam Robinson, Head of Marketing for Foyles and Alex Lifschutz, director of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the architects for the Foyles' new flagship store will be discussing their ideas for re-imagining the 21st century bookshop and bookselling at Hay Festival on Saturday 25 May.
Foyles 110th anniversary begins with the launch of enCounter Culture
16 January 2013
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2012, has launched enCounter Culture, linking their revamped online content portal to instore selections and activity. enCounter Culture aggregates all of the ways in which Foyles continues to support the culture of reading and writing, with events, author interviews, blogs, podcasts and more linked directly to titles on the shelves instore. Titles with additional content attached to them will be identifiable instore by their relevant triangular tag and icon, with QR codes directing customers to further content online.
A major feature of enCounter Culture will also be to highlight new writers - not only debut novelists but also new non-fiction writers, authors translated into English for the first time, writers with ground-breaking new ideas, and established writers experimenting with new forms.
A monthly enCounter Culture newsletter and instore promotions will highlight these new writers - January for example features The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis and Alejandro Zambra's Ways of Going Home, the first novel of Zambra's to be published in Britain. The monthly updates will also feature a variety of new happenings instore and online - be they events, promotions, or even a new café around the corner.
Using the knowledge and expertise of Foyles' booksellers, enCounter Culture will feature:
- New Writers and New Writing: debut novelists, new translations, cross-genre writing and new ideas
- Bookcast Series: Foyles' new podcast recordings of live author events
- Authors in their own words: Q&As with authors old and new
- Around Town: Listings of non-Foyles London and Bristol events and openings
- Book Awards: Literary Prize round-ups
- Competitions: Exclusive offers from publishers
- Events and Exhibitions: Listings of Foyles' renowned events programme
- Staff Picks: The latest favourites from Foyles' in-store and online staff
- Bookseller & Guest Blogs
Customers can access enCounter Culture and sign up to the monthly emails at www.foyles.co.uk/encounter-culture
Miriam Robinson, Head of Marketing for Foyles comments:
'enCounter Culture finally allows us to bring together all of the online content we've been working on for years, and deliver it much more effectively online and instore. More importantly though, it allows us to use more of the assets at our disposal to enmesh customers in the world of books, delivering new, fresh experiences effectively and regularly instore and online.'
Fourth profitable year for Foyles
14 December 2012
Foyles has announced a fourth year of profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2012.
Awarded National and Children's Bookseller of the Year in 2012, the independent bookshop chain, which has five branches in London and one in Bristol, reported pre-tax profits of £152,552, a decline on the previous year (£204,681 in 2011) with turnover up to £23,492,891 (£22,848,251 in 2011).
Footfall and consequently sales at the flagship Charing Cross Road branch continue to be disrupted by the Tottenham Court Road Underground Station development. The fall in sales has been partially offset by above-budget trading at Foyles' newest shop in Westfield Stratford City, and the chain has continued to enhance its website, which now offers an increased range of new and second-hand books, as well as an improved ebookstore and an ebook app, Foyles powered by txtr. A day-long Charing Cross Road Festival in partnership with Blackwell's and other retailers in June resulted in a significant increase in footfall; similar events are being planned for the future.
Foyles' other London branches have continued to trade satisfactorily. Foyles at Cabot Circus in Bristol is now well-established in the city. This year it launched its first full and well-attended events programme and forged a number of successful partnerships, with, among others, the Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol Old Vic and the Bristol Short Story Prize.
Foyles' events programme grew during the year in both size and scope. Dannii Minogue opened Foyles in Westfield Stratford City whilst authors and poets including PD James, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jo Shapcott, Evan Davis, Andrew Feinstein, Alberto Manguel and Jasper Fforde attracted full houses in Charing Cross Road.
The award this year of Children's Bookseller of the Year reflects Foyles' focus on its children's departments in all its stores. Foyles in Westfield White City and Stratford City continue to cater for younger children with alphabet workshops and fairy tale fund days, whilst the Charing Cross Road branch has played host to some of the biggest names in teen fiction, including Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Becca Fitzpatrick.
Foyles' partnership with Time Out Live continued, with a series of external events with audiences of 400+ featuring bestselling writers including Caitlin Moran, Martin Amis, John Irving, Salman Rushdie and Paul Auster.
Foyles' Jazz and Classical events included Scandinavian trumpeter, Tine Thing Helseth, cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and guitarist XueFei Yang. The Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road continued to host exhibitions and private hires, resulting in everything from exhibitions from MA programmes in illustration to full workshop days of puppet-making and writing. For the fourth consecutive year, Foyles was the official bookseller for the London Book Fair. It also developed its partnerships with the Royal Society of Literature and the Institut Français, and continued to support the Southbank Centre's literary and music programme.
Sam Husain, Chief Executive of Foyles, comments:
"The retail environment continues to be challenging, a situation exacerbated by the disruption caused by the Tottenham Court Road Underground Station development which, as in previous years, has cost us dearly in lost sales. We will continue to plan events such as the Charing Cross Road Fest which increase footfall significantly.
"Our focus is now turning to the development of our new flagship store at 107-109 Charing Cross Road, the former St Martin's College building, less than a hundred metres down from the existing store on Charing Cross Road. Progress on the development is on schedule for an opening in spring 2014.
"Foyles is well known for the knowledge and expertise of its booksellers and I'd like to thank them for their exemplary service, dedication and hard work."
Commenting on Christmas 2012 sales, Sam Husain adds:
"It's too early to comment on Christmas trading this year but we are hopeful that the last few days leading up to Christmas will be as busy as in the previous year."
Notes to Editors
- Foyles has five branches in London on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, at St Pancras International and Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford City and one in Cabot City, Bristol
- Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; the business has been on Charing Cross Road since 1906 and remains in family ownership.
Foyles and The Bookseller invite customers and industry experts
to help design a flagship bookshop for the 21st century
3rd December 2012
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year and Children's Bookseller of the Year 2012, has partnered with The Bookseller to invite customers and industry experts to make literary history, by helping to design a new flagship Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road. An open call for applications to take part in a workshop with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands was made at The FutureBook conference today, Monday 3 December 2012.
Housed in 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road since 1929, Foyles bookshop is one of the capital's best-known literary landmarks, a mecca for book-lovers of all kinds. In spring 2014, it will move next door to a custom-fitted building at 107 - 109 Charing Cross Road, former home of Central St Martins College of Art and Design. This presents a unique opportunity for Foyles and architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design 'the bookshop of the future', with the help of the people who care most about books and reading.
By February 2013 the building's foundations and departments will be fixed - with 40,000 square feet of retail space over three floors. At this stage a workshop will be held, in partnership with The Bookseller, to draw on the knowledge and creativity of industry experts and customers alike. Thirty places will be available by application to any who wish to engage in the exercise. This is the last stage of planning before the design brief is fixed.
At a time when the role of the bricks and mortar bookshop is changing, Foyles and The Bookseller are giving people the opportunity to re-imagine the bookshop for the 21st century. Participants will be asked to engage with issues such as declining physical book sales, the place of eBooks, the cultural importance of bookshops and author events, the specialist knowledge of booksellers, and how bookshops can provide customers with a place to buy books, however they decide to read them. The results of this session will be made public, and those whose ideas are used in the new store will be notified.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller comments:
'As editor of The Bookseller, I do not believe the bookshop is dead, economically or in any other way. But we do not have to rehash The Booksellers Association's membership numbers to know that high street shops are under severe stress: some of this may be down to the recession, and some of it because of the shift to digital. Either way it needs to be addressed.
While words are our stock-in business, we also need practical solutions to real-world problems: and this is what we'll achieve, in what is essentially a trade-wide initiative to re-invent and re-invigorate the high street bookshop.'
Miriam Robinson, Foyles Head of Marketing comments:
'Discoverability in the digital world is a leading and ongoing challenge, and yet discovery is what bookshops do best, via merchandising, events, bookseller knowledge and enthusiasm. What we are offering with this workshop is a truly unique opportunity, an open platform for creative but constructive play, a chance to create a bookshop where the experiential, cultural strengths of bricks and mortar meet the growing opportunities of digital.'
Those who wish to suggest ideas for Foyles' new flagship store can do so by emailing email@example.com. They can also register their interest in the half-day workshop to take place in February 2013 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the new premises can be found at http://www.foyles.co.uk/107-109.
Foyles opens pop-up bookshop at Central Saint Martins
Monday 12 November - Monday 17 December
The Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
12th November 2012
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2012 today, Monday 12 November, opens a pop-up shop at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, King's Cross, London.
Foyles at Central Saint Martins is situated inside the college's main entrance on Granary Square, and leads into the Lethaby Gallery, currently hosting the jewellery exhibition Set, 12 November -14 December. In just five square metres, the shop will stock books relating to exhibitions alongside a carefully curated range of art, fashion and photography titles, as well as relevant texts for student courses. It will also have easy access to the stock holding of Foyles at St Pancras, which is only a five minute walk away
On working with Foyles, Peter Cleak, Events & Gallery Manager at Central Saint Martins said:
"We are delighted to have Foyles on site. We were neighbours for decades, it is a fitting reunion"
Sam Husain, Foyles' CEO comments:
"Central St Martins students have been coming through the doors of Foyles on Charing Cross Road for years and are an integral part of our history. We're pleased that now, in a small way, that can continue."
Foyles at Central Saint Martins will be open Monday-Friday from 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm from Monday 12 November until Monday 17 December. It will reopen for the spring term. The shop will be under the management of Foyles' Divisional Manager Susan Sinclair.
The former Central Saint Martins building, 107 - 109 Charing Cross Road, will become the new home of Foyles' flagship bookshop in 2014, following a refurbishment. The hoardings in front of the building currently feature a comic strip telling the history of Foyles, designed by a stellar cast of graphic novel artists taking part in this month's Comica Festival. They include John Miers of Central St Martins college of Art and Design.
Curtis Brown searches for new literary talent at Foyles Discovery Day
19th July 2012
Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year and Children's Bookseller of the Year, are to partner with Curtis Brown literary and talent agency to host a 'Discovery Day'. On Saturday 22 September 2012, Curtis Brown book agents will give aspiring new novelists the chance to pitch their book ideas directly to them for free at Foyles, Charing Cross Road.
The Discovery Day at Foyles marks a rare occasion, with an entire department of Curtis Brown book agents striding out together in search of new literary talent. In an afternoon of one-to-one sessions, they will hear verbal pitches from new novelists and respond to their first pages. They will also offer a 'surgery', answering general questions about writing, agenting and publishing. Following this, Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown's joint CEO and Literary Agent of the Year, will join Sam Humphreys, Publisher at Michael Joseph and acclaimed author Hari Kunzru for a panel event exploring the journey of the book, from pen to publication.
The announcement comes in the same week as the first publishing deal agented by Curtis Brown for a graduate of its creative writing school. A year after the launch of Curtis Brown Creative, Karolina Sutton signed one of its students Tim Glencross, and last week sold his debut novel to Fourth Estate in a hotly contested auction for UK rights, based on a partial manuscript. Tim will be joining the Discovery Day panel to tell his story as a new author.
Curtis Brown Group Limited is London's leading literary talent agency and is the only literary agency to run a creative writing school, Curtis Brown Creative. The agency is well known for its expertise in developing writing careers and for discovering and championing new writers.
Jonny Geller, joint CEO of Curtis Brown and MD of the Book Department comments:
'I can think of no better venue for new writers to pitch their work than the fabulous flagship Foyles store on the Charing Cross Road. Foyles has long been the champion of discovering new fiction and supporting writers through their careers. At Curtis Brown, we are very excited to form this unique partnership with Foyles, and create the first national open day for new writers to pitch their work to top agents. We are all committed to de-mystifying publishing and to clarifying the journey from manuscript to agent to publisher to bookshop.'
Jasper Sutcliffe, Head of Buying at Foyles comments:
'At Foyles we are always keen to introduce readers to new and exciting writers. With Discovery Day, Curtis Brown are extending that ethos brilliantly - giving new writers a unique opportunity to have their voices heard by book trade experts who can help them take their first step toward getting their books in readers' hands.'
Everyone who registers to attend Discovery Day has the chance to win a detailed written reader's report from Curtis Brown, responding to the writer's first three chapters and one page synopsis.
Budding authors must register for the event in advance at www.foyles.co.uk. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, and separate registration is required for those wishing to attend the panel event. For tips on preparing the first page and pitch, writers should go to www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk
Discovery Day Itinerary:
10.45am-4.30pm: One-to-one feedback sessions and surgery:
Meeting rooms and the Gallery at Foyles
New writers will have the chance to show their opening page and give a verbal overview of their novel-in-progress to a member of the Curtis Brown book department in a one-to-one session (this will be around 6 minutes in duration).
Curtis Brown will read the first page and listen to a 30 second verbal pitch. They will draw on their expertise to provide on-the-spot verbal feedback.
The Café at Foyles
Following their pitch sessions, writers will be shown through to the Café at Foyles where they can join a small group to spend a few minutes asking Curtis Brown agents any questions they may have about writing, publishing and literary agents.
4.00pm: Prize Draw:
The Gallery at Foyles
One registered participant will win a detailed written reader's report from Curtis Brown.
5pm-6pm: Panel Event:
The Gallery at Foyles
A talk plus Q&As will take place in the Gallery, featuring Jonny Geller, joint CEO of Curtis Brown and MD of the Book Department, Sam Humphreys, publisher of Michael Joseph, novelist Hari Kunzru and new author and Curtis Brown Creative graduate Tim Glencross. The panelists will discuss the journey of a book from pen to publication, each of them drawing on their own experiences of writing, pitching, being an agent and publishing to de-mystify the book industry.
Foyles sweeps the board at Bookseller Industry Awards
15th May 2012
For the third time in six years, Foyles has picked up the top prize at The Bookseller Industry Awards. Last night, Monday 14 May, it was named National Bookseller of the Year.
This is the sixth time the independent chain, which currently has five branches in London and one in Bristol, has won a Bookseller of the Year award. Most recently, Foyles won Chain Bookselling Company of the Year in 2008 and then Bookseller of the Year in 2010.
Foyles was also named Children's Bookseller of the Year. The prize, sponsored by Usborne, is in recognition of both commercial flair and a clear demonstration of commitment to and engagement with existing and potential readers.
Manager of Foyles on Charing Cross Road Sion Hamilton received the Children's Bookseller of the Year Award on behalf of Foyles, saying the company had set itself the task of reaching more young readers, and that this award was recognition of what they'd achieved.
Chief Executive, Sam Husain received the Bookseller of the Year Award on behalf of Foyles. He thanked all the booksellers and staff at all six branches for their hard work, as well as their loyal customers, publishers and the authors who lend their support with talks and signings.
Sam Husain said, 'We're honoured to receive these two awards this evening, both of which are testimony to the absolute necessity of passionate booksellers and stronger bookselling, which will continue to be at the core of Foyles for many years to come.'
In December 2011, Foyles announced a third year of profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2011, with pre-tax profits of £204,681, and sales for 1st to 24th December 2011 up 20% on the same period in the previous year, boosted by the opening of Foyles' newest bookshop at Westfield Stratford City in November. Children's book sales across the group increased 13.3% from 2010 to 2011.
Highlights of the last year included:
- the opening in March of Foyles' first branch outside London for seventy years, in Cabot Circus, Bristol
- the new London store at Westfield Stratford City in November, which is already trading well ahead of budget and poised to take full advantage of Olympic foot traffic in summer 2012
- the acquisition and merger in March 2011 of Grant & Cutler, making Foyles the largest foreign-language bookseller in the UK
- the redesign and rebuild of Foyles' website, which now has a range of 15 million physical books and offers over 200,000 e books for sale through a fully integrated eBook service with eReading apps, Foyles powered by txtr
Foyles' dynamic presence on social media is also a sign of the loyalty engendered by the brand and its staff, with the regular Friday #bookgame on Twitter becoming a hugely popular virtual event.
The chain's wide successful programme of literary events has recently been extended into partnerships with Time Out London and the Festival of Ideas in Bristol. Another recent coup has been an ongoing partnership with the Museum of London to highlight the Dickens bicentenary through a series of related literary talks and cross-promotions. The ever-popular publisher days run by Vintage, Picador and the Independent Alliance have continued to thrive. Children's events partnerships have been formed with the Discover Centre in Stratford and House of Illustration at Kings Cross.
Philippa Gregory, Iain Banks, Jackie Kay, Rose Tremain and Ben Okri are among the many authors who have appeared at free events in The Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road, while Alexander McCall Smith and Sebastian Faulks have sold out events in theatre venues. At the same time, Foyles has continued to expand its horizons for author signing events with popular musicians such as Danni Minogue, Jake Shears, Rufus Wainwright, and Jarvis Cocker alongside regular Ray's Jazz and classical music performances.
The last year has seen real growth for Foyles' children's departments. Every branch of Foyles employs at least one children's specialist - a buyer and bookseller who are fully engaged with both the market and their audiences to keep the incredibly varied children's offer relevant and exciting. In 2011 Foyles harnessed this expertise with the creation of the Foyles Kids Group - an internal resource-sharing network amongst the children's buyers and specialists from each shop, along with representatives from central buying and marketing.
Recent children's events at Foyles Charing Cross Road have included illustrators, Shaun Tan and Oliver Jeffers who designed an exclusive series of gift cards, bookmarks and tote bags for the shop. Foyles Westfield London and Foyles Westfield Stratford City run regular themed story times for younger readers with appearances from well-loved characters such as The Gruffalo and Elmer alongside events for schools on World Book Day. Foyles at Royal Festival Hall hosted Alice in Wonderland croquet on the lawn in the summer, and Pirate Storytelling in Foyles at Cabot Circus proved so popular that the Pirate Sticker Book topped that store's charts for weeks.
For older readers, autumn 2011 saw exclusive, sell-out London theatre events with American YA authors Cassandra Clare and Becca Fitzpatrick. Last year also saw the formation of monthly YA book group at Foyles Westfield London, where book-loving teens meet to discuss their favourite titles.
Foyles strengthens marketing and events team
New managers appointed at St Pancras and Royal Festival Hall
24th April 2012
Foyles, UK Bookseller of the year in 2008 and 2010, has strengthened its marketing and events team with the appointment of Lisa Bird, former manager at Foyles Royal Festival Hall branch, to role of local Marketing Manager for the Foyles branches. She has been with Foyles since 2005.
Taking on Lisa Bird's former role, Emilie Farcy has this month been promoted to Manager of the Royal Festival Hall branch from her previous position as supervisor at St Pancras. She joined Foyles 2008 from Gibert Jeune in Paris.
Following the departure of Rachael Lloyd, Gary Powell has been appointed manager of Foyles St Pancras. Formerly bookseller at the pop-up Foyles One New Change branch and supervisor at Royal Festival Hall, Powell joined Foyles in 2010 with over 20 years of book, media and gift retail management and buying for companies including Borders, Our Price and Virgin.
Additional support for the sales and marketing team comes from bookseller David Owen, who has taken on the role of administrator for The Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road and Children's Bookseller Neil Jackson, who has become part-time Children's Marketing & Events Coordinator.
This week Rebecca Hart, Manager of Foyles at Westfield Stratford City, and Rebecca Cameron, Manager of Foyles Westfield London, were both nominated for Manager of the year at The Bookseller Industry Awards 2012. Foyles is again shortlisted for the National Bookseller of the Year Award, and for Children's Bookseller of the Year, with the winners announced on 14 May.
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Foyles and txtr join forces to provide new eBook service: Foyles powered by txtr
13 February 2012
- new e-Book store and free eReading apps
- access to all commercial eBook titles available in the UK, over 200,000
- bookmark, notes and Last Read syncing
- cloud storage with upload facility for non-proprietary eBooks and personal documents
Foyles bookshop, today Monday 13 February, launches Foyles powered by txtr, a new eBook store and free eReading apps with some features in beta. The integrated service will give users the choice of over 200,000 eBook titles, which can be accessed from a range of devices, and provides facilities for cloud storage.
Once signed up, readers will be able to access their personal eBook library from any internet enabled reading device - be it a smart phone, eReader, tablet or personal computer. Available for Android and Apple iOS platforms, the apps will also have the ability to synch bookmarks and notes across devices, as well as an option to integrate existing ePub and PDF libraries.
Foyles bookshops in London and Bristol are well known for their extensive range of books and knowledgeable staff. txtr is on a path to building the largest global eBook distribution network as a service to publishers, readers and its business partners. The eBook store is a joint activity between the marketing and sales teams of txtr and Foyles.
Sam Husain, Foyles' Chief Executive, comments:
"At Foyles we are very excited by the developments in reading and bookselling afforded by digital technology. Our new eBook store and apps, Foyles powered by txtr, will make buying and reading eBooks as easy as possible, without the added expense of having to buy new hardware. It is the next step in our on-going journey to serve our customers with a choice of books, across the widest possible range, in every format."
Christophe Maire, CEO of txtr, comments:
"The partnership with Foyles is another step for txtr in the fast growing English language eBook market. Foyles is for book lovers what brands such as Rolls Royce or Aston Martin are for car aficionados. The quality of their specialism is well-known and the depth of their offering is internationally renowned. Together, it is our intention to take eBook shop management to that same level."
Becky Jones, Foyles E-Commerce Manager, comments:
"The Foyles Powered by txtr project is very exciting new territory for Foyles. We have launched the apps today with some features in beta and look forward to feedback from our customers which we will use to develop the service in future."
Foyles powered by txtr is the first in a series of new digital developments to be announced by the family-owned bookshop chain, first established by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle in 1903. Further announcements are expected in the next few months.
txtr and Foyles are now looking for partners in other English speaking territories who would be interested in the joint eBook catalogue and distribution power of Foyles powered by txtr.
Notes to Editors
About Foyles powered by txtr eBook store
- Foyles powered by txtr is part of the Foyles bookshop website at www.foyles.co.uk. It provides access to over 200,000 eBooks, with access from a range of eReading devices, facilities for cloud storage, syncing and the integration of existing eBook libraries.
- The user's online library contains all books bought in the Foyles powered by txtr eBook shop. In addition, other books or documents can be uploaded to the library on the web via txtr's unique upload feature.
- Besides searching for books and browsing by genre, users can discover books through channels, such as Featured Books or Authors, New Releases, Bestsellers or topical channels like Vampire Books, Thrillers, or Easter Reads. Channels are visually presented through banner graphics and rotating carousels of book covers.
- Users can preview books before they buy and can sort book lists such as search results, categories and channels by author, title and so on.
About Foyles powered by txtr apps
- Available for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms the free apps provide access to the Foyles powered by txtr eBook store
- Users can access their online personal library and download books from the online library to the Android and iOS device's library for reading on-the-go.
- The apps support EPUB, PDF, TXT and HTML formats in all major Western and European languages - including support for EPUB and PDF books protected with the industry standard Adobe DRM technology.
- Users can view information about books in their library and search for books.
- Bookshelf view offers consumers the opportunity to organise their library in a virtual, visual, bookshelf on their phone or tablet. It also adds the option to sort books by title, author, or recently read - useful for larger libraries.
- Reading progress is synced automatically between txtr Android or iOS and the personal online library and from there with other devices. Books are automatically opened at the last read page.
- Consumers can easily adjust font size or switch between day and night modes while reading.
- Users can annotate the book with bookmarks and notes. Bookmarks and notes are synced.
- An SD card can be used to store content.
- txtr provides a global but locally relevant eReading solution to leading book retailers and to device makers and mobile operators to give hundreds of millions of smartphone and tablet users access to an eReading app. The txtr solution offers an end-to-end eBook discovery, purchase, read and share consumer experience, built on a back-end platform with store, personal library storage and an extensive international eBook catalogue. txtr currently already manages more than 25 local language eBook stores and is growing its international eBook offering. www.corporate.txtr.com
Foyles expansion leads strong Christmas sales
9 January 2012
Foyles' bookshops report strong Christmas trading, with sales across the group for the period 1st to 24th December 2011 up 20% on the same period in the previous year. The figure includes two new braches opened in 2011 at Westfield Stratford City and Bristol Cabot Circus.
The recently opened Westfield Stratford City was a star performer. Since opening in November booksellers have noticed a strong trend towards education, business, and language books, as well as bestsellers.
The Foyles.co.uk website also performed well, with book and eBook sales up 67%.
Continuing disruption caused by the transport development at Tottenham Court Road underground station saw sales at the flagship Charing Cross Road branch drop by 6%. The St Pancras and Royal Festival Hall branches reported particularly strong like-for-like figures, up 10% and 35% respectively.
Hardback classics sold particularly well, alongside the Man Booker Prize winning Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and 1500 exclusive red-edged limited editions of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. Another hit of the season was The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth.
The Top Five Christmas bestsellers at Foyles were:
1) Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Vintage, £12.99)
2) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Harvill/Random House, £20.00)
3) The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw (Penguin, £20.00)
4) Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin (Penguin, £30.00)
5) River Cottage: Veg Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury, £25.00)
All five of Foyles Christmas bestsellers were included in the Foyles Christmas advertising campaign that featured cross-track, 4-sheet and escalator posters on both the London Underground and on prime sites in central London.
Sam Husain, Chief Executive of Foyles, comments:
"We are happy with our Christmas trading, although figures could have been stronger were it not for the handicap of the Tottenham Court Road underground station development. Range has always been our strength and the lack of runaway bestsellers enabled us to sell larger numbers of an even wider range of titles than usual. We refrained from discounting hardbacks such as the Steve Jobs biography, which did incredibly well and topped the charts at Westfield White City."
In December 2011 Foyles announced a third year of profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2011. Net pre-tax profits were £204,681, after extraordinary expenses of £126,250. Turnover declined slightly to £22.8m (£23.1m in 2010) but with the business mix changing significantly.
Third year of profits for Foyles
21 December 2011
Foyles has announced a third year of profitable trading for the financial year ending 30th June 2011. At the same time, preliminary indications for Christmas trading seem good with sales for the weekend of 17th & 18th December up 5.8% on the same week end last year across the chain.
The independent bookselling chain, which currently has five branches in London and one in Bristol, reported net pre-tax profits of £204,681. Turnover declined very slightly to £22.8 million (£23.1 million in 2010) but with the business mix changing significantly. Sales at the Charing Cross Road branch have dipped due to the disruption created by the Cross Rail development but this has been offset by a higher contribution from new and existing businesses.
The established bookshops at the Royal Festival Hall and St Pancras International have continued to trade well ahead of the previous year. Foyles in the Charing Cross Road, however, has been hit by a significant decrease in footfall due to disruption caused by the Cross rail development at the junction of Tottenham Court Road.
"This disruption", says Foyles' Chief Executive, Sam Husain, "continues to be of concern. We estimate the sales shortfall at about £1.5 million on an annualised basis. However, thanks to particularly strong trading in our other branches, we are only down 0.8% on our previous year.
"We, like many of our fellow retailers on Charing Cross Road, are deeply concerned about the increasing adverse impact on trading in the area. We have been in constant communication with the City authorities and Transport for London to seek to remedy or at least mitigate the issue, and will continue to pursue all avenues to find a long term solution to this situation."
Foyles at Westfield in White City was restructured in 2010 which has resulted in a much improved net contribution.
Other highlights for the financial year, have included the opening in March of Foyles' first branch outside London for seventy years, in Cabot Circus, Bristol; the acquisition and merger in March of Grant & Cutler's Foreign Language business; and the redesign and rebuild of Foyles' website, which has a range of 13 million physical books and over 210,000 e books for sale.
The Foyles accounts also show two exceptional costs - the restructuring of the bookshop at Westfield White City and gala dinner to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Foyles' famed Literary Luncheons.
Foyles expanded its literary events' programme, and focussed on widening its offer. It played host to Peter Mandelson, in partnership with The Times, at a sell-out event at the Peacock Theatre and, on the same evening, hosted a literary supper with Michael Palin at the St Pancras Grand. A host of well-known writers appeared at Charing Cross Road, including Michael Frayn, Will Self, William Gibson, Kathy Reichs, Jasper Fforde, Evan Davis and Anne Enright and the shop also hosted balloon debates, mini- festivals with publishers Vintage, Picador and Faber, and introduced a new strand of drama events with the cast and crew of original productions.
The St Pancras Grand Literary Suppers have proved particularly successful, with sell-out audiences for Jilly Cooper, PD James and Antonia Fraser. Foyles at Westfield London have developed a programme of children's and young adults events and TV stars Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby and Armstrong & Miller have all visited the shop.
Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall extended its offer to music CDs and videos and had a busy year supporting the South Bank's literary programme.
Foyles at Cabot Circus, Bristol, opened in the knowledge that a strong events programme would be key to its success and in the summer of 2011, saw a dedicated events space created for that purpose.
Foyles' Jazz and Classical events focussed on musicians of international renown, including the Chinese piano star Yundi, 'cellist Daniel Muller-Schott, violinist Charlie Siem, and tenor Ian Bostridge. The Gallery at Foyles continued to host exhibitions and private hires, working with everyone from MA programmes in illustration to books like Just My Type for creative displays of the history of fonts.
Foyles was the official bookseller once again for Taste of London and Taste of Christmas, and, for the third consecutive year, was the official bookseller for the London Book Fair.
Sam Husain, Chief Executive of Foyles, said:
"It has been a particularly challenging retail environment this year but I am pleased that our business has remained resilient and we have countered the disruption on Charing Cross Road by replacing lost revenue with new business streams. We recently launched a new bookshop in Westfield Stratford City and will continue to explore opportunities to open new bookshops at other key locations in the UK. However, we remain committed to offering our customers a high degree of specialisation and an unrivalled range of books in our London flagship store on Charing Cross Road None of this is possible without the continuing endeavour, expertise, dedication and commitment of the Management Team and all the staff at Foyles."
Christopher Foyle, Chairman of Foyles, added:
"It is pleasing to see the business record a third consecutive year of sustainable profit. Looking forward, we have exciting plans to relocate our flagship store on Charing Cross Road in 2013 or 2014 in what will be a re-developed, purpose-built bookstore in the former St Martin's College building, less than 100 metres from our existing shop."
Notes to Editors
- Like-for-like sales exclude sales from new activities - i.e part-year sales for the bookshops in One New Change and Cabot Circus, Bristol
- Foyles has branches on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, at St Pancras International and Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford City and Cabot City, Bristol
- Foyles on line is at www.foyles.co.uk
- Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; the business has been on Charing Cross Road since 1906 and remains in family ownership.
Foyles One New Change to close today
2 November 2011
Foyles, London's iconic bookshop chain, has confirmed today, Wednesday 2 November, will be its last day of trading at One New Change in the City of London.
Although its lease - signed in October 2010 as a short-term lease - expires in April 2012, Land Securities, who own the freehold to the One New Change development, have exchanged short-lease contracts with another well-known retail brand which is keen to move in as soon as possible.
Sam Husain, Foyles' Chief Executive, comments,
'Although we had been looking forward to a final Christmas at One New Change, we felt that an earlier exit will allow us to focus fully on the opening of our new shop in Westfield Stratford City and give its manager, Rebecca Hart, and her team all the support they need.
'Westfield Stratford City has been very busy since it opened last month and we are looking forward to our opening in early November and a really strong Christmas there.'
The Foyles One New Change booksellers have been redeployed within the company.
Foyles expands its online offer with second-hand, rare and out-of-print books
28 October 2011
Foyles, London's largest independent bookshop chain, announces a partnership with Monsoon Commerce today, Friday 28 October, to sell second-hand, rare and out-of-print books online via the Foyles website www.foyles.co.uk
The 'marketplace' experience offered by Monsoon Commerce will enable Foyles customers to access 14 million titles from sellers around the world all via the Foyles website. This includes the 3.5 million books in print in the UK and over 205,000 eBooks already available to customers through the Foyles website. The Foyles loyalty card, 'Foyalty', can be used online for all purchases as well as in store.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments: 'Since re-launching our website in 2010 we have been steadily expanding our online retail offer. We look forward to working with Monsoon Commerce and giving people access to the vast range of second-hand, rare and out-of-print books available.'
Brian Elliott, CEO of Monsoon Commerce, comments: 'We're thrilled to support the expanding growth of Foyles while driving greater selection for their loyal customer base. In addition, by adding Foyles' base of customers to our ever-growing audience, this partnership highlights Monsoon Commerce's commitment to providing our sellers, in the UK and abroad, with access to the broadest base of buyers worldwide. It's a win-win for all.'
Dannii Minogue opens Foyles Westfield Stratford City
28 October 2011
Foyles, London's largest independent bookshop chain, opens in Westfield Stratford City, its first store in east London. To mark the opening, on Thursday 10 November 2011, one of Australia's best loved exports, TV presenter and singer, Dannii Minogue will sign copies of her new style bible, Dannii: My Style.
Dannii: My Style is an essential fashion bible by a woman who has appeared on numerous 'Best Dressed' lists, and who was named one of the world's Top Ten most stylish women by Vogue.
In addition to meeting Dannii there is the opportunity to WIN one of the 'London' dresses from her Project D collection. Simply email email@example.com to reserve your place in the priority signing queue and you will be automatically entered
During the opening weekend, 11-13 November, customers can enjoy the opportunity to win prizes in the Foyles tombola. A variety of prizes include in-store discounts and gift cards to limited edition books, tote bags, exclusive prints and more
Foyles in Westfield Stratford City has over 25,000 titles featuring a range of fiction, children's, sport, travel, business, art and more. The store is located on the lower ground floor, next to Waitrose.
Foyles partners with Bristol Festival of Ideas to extend scope of year-round events and Best Book of Ideas Prize
5 October 2011
Foyles, the UK's leading independent bookshop chain, has partnered with the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the city's leading literary, art and science festival, in order to expand the already impressive festival programme with a number of events held in-store at Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol.
The partnership also extends to sponsorship of the Best Book of Ideas Prize, for which Foyles will contribute judging advice, host the shortlist event and have creative input throughout the process. The prize will be announced at a ceremony in May at St George's in Bristol. Previous winners of the prize include Nick Davies for Flat Earth News, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett for The Spirit Level and Dan Hind for The Return of the Public.
Now in its 7th year, the Bristol Festival of Ideas is attended by tens of thousands of festival-goers and features many of the world's best-known writers, scientists, thinkers and artists, with over 150 events organised annually. There is a concentrated period of at least 70 events in May and other events throughout the year. The festival has financial backing from Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Bristol's business community.
Susan Sinclair, Foyles Divisional Manager responsible for Foyles Bristol, comments:
'As relative newcomers to the Bristol community, we feel very fortunate to be able to work with the Bristol Festival of Ideas - a true gem of a festival that aims to highlight the best in contemporary thinking year-round. As an independent bookshop we traffic in ideas - whether they come in the form of novels, polemics, or historical journeys - so this is a natural fit.'
Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Festival of Ideas, comments:
'We're delighted that Foyles has joined us as partner in this prize. Bookshops are festivals of ideas every day of the week, and there is no better partner for us than Foyles. It means that we can continue our work in celebrating the writer of the best book of ideas each year, and provide a focus for debate and discussion around all our excellent writers.'
The Festival of Ideas will continue to work with a varied number of booksellers and venues in the Bristol community for its events outside Foyles, such as the Arnolfini and Watershed.
Rebecca Hart appointed manager of Foyles, Westfield Stratford City, as planned closure of Foyles, One New Change is confirmed
4 October 2011
Foyles announced today, 4 October, that Rebecca Hart will move from her role as buyer for Royal Festival Hall and St Pancras to manage the new 5,500 sq.ft. Westfield Stratford City branch. Rebecca has worked for Foyles since 2006.
Foyles also confirmed today, 4 October that it expects to close its One New Change branch when its 15-month lease expires in April 2012.
The 1,300 sq.ft.One New Change 'booktique' opened in October 2010 on a short-term lease, just before the start of the Christmas trading season. Foyles at One New Change will enjoy a second season of Christmas trading before it closes to free up resources both for the new Foyles at Westfield Stratford City and the recently expanded Foyles at Cabot Circus in Bristol.
The One New Change shop has been managed centrally by Susan Sinclair who also looks after Foyles shops at Royal Festival Hall, St Pancras and Cabot Circus in Bristol. The booksellers at Foyles One New Change will be redeployed within the company.
Foyles' Chief Executive, Sam Husain, comments:
'Our temporary shop at One New Change has been an incredible learning experience. We knew that 1,300 sq.ft. would not be big enough to do justice to our range and we therefore only committed to a short-term lease, expiring in April next year. Our newest shop in Westfield Stratford City is a much larger space which will allow us to play on our strengths of range and expertise.'
Foyles Westfield Stratford City is due to open in early November in Europe's largest urban shopping centre, next door to the site of the 2012 Olympics. With over 1.9million sq.ft. of retail and leisure space and home to over 300 shops anchored by John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and a 17-screen Vue cinema, Foyles is situated on the ground floor, with an additional mezzanine space, near Waitrose and John Lewis, and surrounded by leading children's retailers.
Foyles bookshop in Bristol plans a series of events and promotions to celebrate opening of second floor
10 August 2011
Foyles bookshop, which opened in Quaker's Friars in Bristol in March this year, celebrates the opening of its second floor event and gallery space. Foyles' second floor will also house an extended range of titles including biography, sport and health.
Over the weekend, 20-21 August, there are free events and promotions to enjoy. Including:
- Meet cycling enthusiast and author Rob Penn, 2pm on Saturday and watch a bicycle wheel being built by a wheel-builder from Argos cycles.
- Free first book for young and teen readers - choosing from one of five age-appropriate titles, hand selected by knowledgeable Foyles staff, 5 - 16 year old young readers can pick up a first book free. They will also receive a loyalty stamp card which when full entitles them to a £5 Foyles gift card
- Enjoy 15% off all books instore
- Hear storytelling - 5-8 year olds can enjoy stories being read aloud from 1-3pm
- Free refreshments and cakes throughout the weekend
- Enter your name and email to win a £100 shopping spree instore at Foyles
The Foyles Bristol second floor event and gallery space will continue to host a variety of literary evenings, book clubs, poetry readings and open mic nights. Events planned in the autumn include Anna Funder, Steve Fuller and Julian Baggini in conjunction with Bristol Festival of Ideas and the Foyles programme also includes events with Tom Percival, Thomas Penn, John Bradshaw, Judith Flanders and Toby Wilkinson.
On Tuesday 23rd August, Foyles Bristol hosts an event with Andrey Kurkov, a master of surreal and darkly funny fiction and author of Death and the Penguin who is back with The Milkman in the Night, a story of post-Soviet Kiev in which a man's mysterious bouts of sleepwalking lead him into a dangerous adventure. 6pm - 7pm in Foyles Bristol.
Foyles bookshop offers free books for young readers in support of the London Evening Standard's Get London Reading initiative, 23-25 July
21 July 2011
Continuing to support the London Evening Standard campaign to Get London Reading Foyles bookshop is offering 3,000 free books to children and teen readers over the first weekend of the school summer holidays, Saturday 23- Monday 25 July 2011.
All they need to do is visit one of the five London Foyles stores and ask for their free book. They can choose one of five age-appropriate titles, hand selected by knowledgeable Foyles staff for 5-7 year olds, 7-12 year olds and 13-16 year olds.
With every free book, Foyles will be giving away a loyalty stamp card to encourage them to continue reading. Once the stamp card is filled with ten stamps then they will be eligible for a £5 gift card redeemable instore and online in Foyles.
The free books are:
- Find Chaffy by Jamie Smart (Scholastic)
- Why is Snot Green by Glenn Murphy (Pan Macmillan)
- InivisibleWomble by Elisabeth Beresford (Bloomsbury)
- Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (Random House)
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (Random House)
Foyles is working closely with Volunteer Reading Help, the London Evening Standard's Get London Reading partner, to encourage students from across London to take advantage of this offer.
For further information please contact Kate Wright-Morris
or Chris Baker at Colman Getty on 020 7631 2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Notes to Editors
- The books are available while stocks last. One book per child. General terms & conditions are on the Foyles website at: www.foyles.co.uk/get-london-reading
- The titles have been donated by publishers: Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Scholastic
Foyles to open at Westfield Stratford City
13 June 2011
Foyles, Britain's largest independent bookshop chain and twice UK Bookseller of the Year in 2008 and 2010, announced today that it is to open its seventh branch at Westfield Stratford City.
The new shop will be in Europe's largest urban shopping centre, next door to the site of the 2012 Olympics. With over 1.9million square feet of retail and leisure space and home to over 300 shops anchored by John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and a 17-screen Vue cinema, the new bookshop will trade from over 5,000 square feet. It will be situated on the ground floor, with an additional mezzanine space, near Waitrose and John Lewis, and surrounded by leading children's retailers.
Foyles at Westfield Stratford City, due to open later this year, will be under the overall management of Tom Nind, the Company's Operations Manager. The process of recruiting a shop manager, shop supervisor and full time booksellers will commence soon.
The shop will have over 25,000 titles featuring a range of fiction, children's, sport, travel, business, art and more.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments,
'Our aim is to get books to as many readers as possible, so we're very excited about the opportunity to reach book lovers in a part of London that is new to us. Westfield's vision for cultural experience, education and youth engagement makes the Stratford City centre, adjacent to the 2012 Olympic site, a particularly strong fit. Following our successful partnership with Westfield in establishing our bookshop in Westfield London, we look forward to working closely with the centre and the community for years to come.'
Bill Giouroukos, Director of Operations at Westfield, said:
'Foyles is an extremely important part of our overall retail mix and we are delighted that they will be opening their seventh UK branch at Westfield Stratford City, building on the successful partnership we have established together at Westfield London. Westfield Stratford City is creating a new leisure and lifestyle destination for London and, as the gateway to the Olympic Park, will provide a world stage for retailers next summer.'
Foyles recently opened its first shop outside London in Bristol's Cabot Circus. Its flagship store is on Charing Cross Road and its other bookshops are at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, in St Pancras International, One New Change and in Westfield London. Additionally, Foyles has a specialist library supply and commercial accounts division (now incorporating Grant & Cutler's foreign languages) and a fully transactional web site, selling a range of print and electronic books. Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; trading on Charing Cross Road for over 100 years.
Foyles Buys Grant & Cutler
21 March 2011
Foyles, Britain's largest independent bookshop chain and twice Bookseller of the Year, in 2008 and 2010, announced today that it has taken over the business of Grant & Cutler, the largest foreign language bookshop in the UK.
Grant & Cutler, which stocks more than 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs, games and software packages in over 150 languages in its Great Marlborough Street shop, and which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, will move to Foyles' flagship store on Charing Cross Road on 21st March 2011, shortly before the expiry of its lease.
Situated on the first floor of Foyles, the department will be branded Grant & Cutler at Foyles, expanding and developing Foyles' existing languages department. The enlarged retail foreign languages department will be under the overall management of Sion Hamilton, the flagship store's General Manager. Grant & Cutler specializes in the major Western European languages and Russian but also covers all living languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu. It also carries substantial stocks of books in Arabic and the Eastern European languages, particularly Polish. When amalgamated, the foreign languages department will stock around 25,000 titles.
Following the move, the majority of Grant & Cutler's staff will relocate either to Foyles retail foreign languages department or to the Commercial Accounts Division. Stephen Cooper, the former Managing Director of Grant & Cutler, will assume managerial responsibility for the combined Commercial Accounts Division, which will now have a specialist languages arm servicing schools, libraries, institutions, corporate businesses and subscription accounts.
Grant & Cutler's website will continue to operate as a separate entity with appropriate cross-links to Foyles' website.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments,
'We are delighted that Grant & Cutler has found a new home at Foyles and very much look forward to creating what will be the best and most extensive foreign languages bookselling business in the UK. We already welcome customers from all over the world to Foyles and will be able to offer them an unrivalled range of books.'
Stephen Cooper, former Managing Director of Grant & Cutler added:
'I am very pleased that Grant & Cutler have successfully secured its future by relocating and merging the business with Foyles' foreign languages and Commercial Accounts business. I look forward to managing the enlarged Commercial Accounts Division and working with the senior Management Team at Foyles to continue to build on the success of the two Companies in this specialist area'.
Foyles recently announced that it will open its sixth branch in Bristol in March. In November 2010, it opened in the City of London at One New Change. Its flagship store is on Charing Cross Road and its other bookshops are at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, in St Pancras International and in Westfield London. Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; and has traded on Charing Cross Road for over 100 years.
Foyles to get new space on Charing Cross Road
28 February 2011
Noved Investment Holdings has announced that it has bought the 74,780 sq ft (GEA) building at 107-109 Charing Cross Road, currently owned by University of Arts and housing the Central St Martin's School of Art.
Noved, who have a similar share ownership to Foyles, also own the freehold of Foyles' flagship bookstore at 113-119 Charing Cross Road. This will be an opportunity for Foyles to relocate its flagship store to new, purpose-built bookselling space, in the adjacent refurbished building, in around two years. The University will leave the building for its new home at King's Cross this August. Building work is expected to begin by the end of the year.
The new shop will retain Foyles' unique character, with its award-winning café and gallery space. The retail space will be about the same as at present but arranged on three floors, with a significantly better layout, including a substantial increase in space at ground floor levels.
Above the new store, plans are being worked up with Hines, the US developer, for residential space. The scheme will retain much of the existing building, and in particular the front elevation and assembly room. Noved and Hines are in discussions with Westminster City Council, and expect to lodge a formal application shortly.
Foyles' current site at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, once vacated, will be available for redevelopment. Noved also bought the freehold to 111 Charing Cross Road three years ago, and shortly afterwards 10 Greek Street. Foyles has been selling books on London's Charing Cross Road since 1906.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments,
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Foyles to create a modern, purpose-built flagship store and guarantee the future of bookselling on London's historic Charing Cross Road. Although our customers may not realise it, we currently occupy over 40,000 square feet in five separate buildings at 113-119 Charing Cross Road; our new home, just 15 yards down the road, will provide a fantastic environment for book lovers and booksellers alike."
Philip Tolhurst, CEO of Noved, comments,
"We have, over the last few years, been consolidating our portfolio of properties between Charing Cross Road and Greek Street, and we are delighted to have been able to acquire this building which gives us an excellent opportunity to re-house the store almost next door, and thus retain the reputation of this rapidly improving area as the literary heart of London. The designs for the new store from Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands are very exciting and will provide a landmark building appropriate for Foyles."
Foyles recently announced that it will open its sixth branch in Bristol in March and last November it opened in the City of London at One New Change. Its other bookshops are at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, in St Pancras International and in Westfield London. Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle and has traded on Charing Cross Road for over 100 years.
Foyles to Open in Bristol later in 2011
25 January 2011
Foyles, Britain's largest independent bookshop chain and twice UK Bookseller of the Year in 2008 and 2010, announced today that it is to open a sixth branch in Bristol. It will be Foyles' first shop outside London for 70 years.
The new shop, which will open in early March, is in Cabot Circus, Bristol's award winning retail and leisure destination, which opened in September 2008. Home to over 120 shops, including 15 flagship stores, Cabot Circus - jointly owned by Land Securities and Hammerson - is situated in the heart of the city. Foyles at Quakers Friars, close to Harvey Nichols, Apple and Brasserie Blanc, will have just over 5,500 square feet on two floors. Current plans are to have a café, performance area and back-office functions on the upper floor, with the ground floor exclusively devoted to books.
Foyles at Quakers Friars will open in early March and will be under the overall management of Susan Sinclair, who is now Divisional Manager, with additional responsibilities for Foyles' branches in the City of London, St Pancras and The Royal Festival Hall . A new shop manager and staff will be recruited locally.
The shop will have over 13,000 titles featuring a range of fiction, children's, cookery, art, history and travel books.
Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles, comments,
'We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Foyles to Bristol. When we won the Bookselling Company of the Year in May, we were praised for our "big values, bold ideas and bookselling prowess" and we are really looking forward to sharing that expertise with the people of Bristol.'
Land Securities' Managing Director for Retail, Richard Akers, said: 'It's a sign of great confidence in Bristol to have the first Foyles bookshop outside London in decades. It also reflects Cabot Circus's growing reputation as the South West's premier retail and leisure destination.
'The retail experience that Foyles offer represents a unique addition to Cabot Circus. Foyles has an award-winning reputation that blends perfectly within Quakers Friars - the restored historic area of Cabot Circus.'
Foyles recently opened in the City of London at One New Change in November. Its flagship store is on Charing Cross Road and its other bookshops are at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, in St Pancras International and in Westfield London. Foyles was founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle; trading on Charing Cross Road for over 100 years.
Notes to Editors
- Foyles, Bookseller of the Year 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2008, and Children's Bookseller of the Year 2012, has London bookshops on Charing Cross Road, at the Southbank Centre, in St Pancras International, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, as well as a branch at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, and an e-commerce website www.foyles.co.uk
- The Foyles website www.foyles.co.uk has around 16.5 million books and over 350,000 eBooks for sale, with live stock availability from all its bookshops and details of upcoming literary events and book signings. Website customers receive a 15% discount on their purchases, with free delivery in the UK to all stores and on orders of £10 and over. In August 2012, Foyles started selling nook ereaders and tablets
- Founded in 1903 by two brothers - William and Gilbert Foyle - and trading on Charing Cross Road for over 100 years, Foyles celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2013.
- Foyles flagship bookshop, based at 113-119 Charing Cross Road since 1929, is one of London's best-known literary landmarks. In late spring 2014, it will move next door to a custom-fitted building at 107 Charing Cross Road, former home of Central St Martins College of Art and Design, with 40,000 square feet of retail space over three floors.
- Foyles' flagship store is at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB
Tel: 020 7437 5660 Fax: 020 7434 1574 Opening hours are: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 9pm; Sunday 11.30 to 6pm.
- Foyles Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 is open daily from 10am -10pm
- Foyles at St Pancras International is open Monday to Saturday 7am-9.30pm; Sunday 9am-8pm
- Foyles at Westfield London, London W12 is open Monday to Wednesday 10am - 9pm, Thursday & Friday 10am - 10pm; Saturday 9am - 9pm; Sunday 12pm - 6pm
- Foyles at Westfield Stratford City is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 9pm; Saturdays from 9am to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm
- Foyles at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol is open Monday- Saturday 10 am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm