Final chapter for city's Waterstones

Worcester News: Final chapter for city's Waterstones Final chapter for city's Waterstones

TWELVE jobs are at risk after a book chain announced it was closing one of its Worcester stores.

Waterstones in High Street will shut its doors on Sunday, February 6, and is one of 11 Waterstones’ branches nationally to close on that day.

The 12 staff who work at the store are currently in consultation with the company about their futures.

A spokesman said: “Our other Worcester branch in The Shambles is not affected.

"We would hope to redeploy the staff from the High Street elsewhere.”

The announcement is less than a month after HMV, Waterstones’ parent company, revealed it had suffered a 12.6 per cent slump in like-for-like sales in the five weeks to Christmas and was struggling to meet the terms of a bank loan.

The closures of 20 branches of Waterstones and 40 HMV stores have been proposed to save the company £10 million in 2011.

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1:48pm Wed 2 Feb 11

MR H Marks says...

What a shame to lose your job, I hope that you do get another soon.
In all honesty though it doesn’t surprise me that this branch has closed, I cant think of many places bar London(obviously) that have got more than one waterstones in such close proximity.
What a shame to lose your job, I hope that you do get another soon. In all honesty though it doesn’t surprise me that this branch has closed, I cant think of many places bar London(obviously) that have got more than one waterstones in such close proximity. MR H Marks

2:21pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Maggie Would says...

I guess the writing has been on the wall (if you'll pardon the pun) ever since Waterstones took over the new store on The Shambles (Ottakers?)
I shall miss it. It didn't stock the range of the other store but it was quirky and I liked browsing in there.
I hope all of the staff get other employment soon. They have always been very helpful and appear to know their stuff.
I guess the writing has been on the wall (if you'll pardon the pun) ever since Waterstones took over the new store on The Shambles (Ottakers?) I shall miss it. It didn't stock the range of the other store but it was quirky and I liked browsing in there. I hope all of the staff get other employment soon. They have always been very helpful and appear to know their stuff. Maggie Would

2:27pm Wed 2 Feb 11

MR H Marks says...

I think your correct Maggie, the other store was always set to remain its bigger and better stocked. You never know a wonderful independent bookshop may open up in the old waterstones and employ the workers, can always hope.
Just to amend my previous comment, Worcester in fact had 3 waterstones according to the website there’s also one at the university.
I think your correct Maggie, the other store was always set to remain its bigger and better stocked. You never know a wonderful independent bookshop may open up in the old waterstones and employ the workers, can always hope. Just to amend my previous comment, Worcester in fact had 3 waterstones according to the website there’s also one at the university. MR H Marks

4:26pm Wed 2 Feb 11

molecat says...

Bad news indeed. It's the only book shop in Worcester that actually feels like a bookshop when you walk in there...if you know what I mean. Excellent staff, always helpful & knowledgeable. Hope they all get jobs straight away.
If anyone wants to take over the building and needs an accurate set of drawings of it, let me know. I've surveyed it already and I'll give you a good price. Times are hard...gotta make a buck where ever I can these days!
Bad news indeed. It's the only book shop in Worcester that actually feels like a bookshop when you walk in there...if you know what I mean. Excellent staff, always helpful & knowledgeable. Hope they all get jobs straight away. If anyone wants to take over the building and needs an accurate set of drawings of it, let me know. I've surveyed it already and I'll give you a good price. Times are hard...gotta make a buck where ever I can these days! molecat

4:42pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Maggie Would says...

Cased it for a burglary, molecat?
Cased it for a burglary, molecat? Maggie Would

5:29pm Wed 2 Feb 11

molecat says...

Maggie Would wrote:
Cased it for a burglary, molecat?
I'm not like that. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
(other book related comments and puns are available in our closing down sale)
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: Cased it for a burglary, molecat?[/p][/quote]I'm not like that. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover. (other book related comments and puns are available in our closing down sale) molecat

7:19pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Maggie Would says...

We work in the same field, molecat. Who knows, we may have glared at each other around the same design team meeting table or drunk out of the same salmonella-ridden mug in a site hut somewhere.
We work in the same field, molecat. Who knows, we may have glared at each other around the same design team meeting table or drunk out of the same salmonella-ridden mug in a site hut somewhere. Maggie Would

10:19pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Peter WR5 says...

I am so very sorry to hear that such a delightfully helpful team is going to be broken up. Thank you for your kind service these last few years.
I am so very sorry to hear that such a delightfully helpful team is going to be broken up. Thank you for your kind service these last few years. Peter WR5

12:22pm Thu 3 Feb 11

economist says...

A great shame indeed.
Birmingham has 2 very large stores in the City Centre.
Sadly I suspect many more book shops will go under in the next 10 years as the Kindle and other e-readers take the place of hard copy books. In the US, e-book sales are already out selling hard copy books - amazing how quickly this process is taking place.
A great shame indeed. Birmingham has 2 very large stores in the City Centre. Sadly I suspect many more book shops will go under in the next 10 years as the Kindle and other e-readers take the place of hard copy books. In the US, e-book sales are already out selling hard copy books - amazing how quickly this process is taking place. economist

2:48pm Fri 4 Feb 11

Worcesterman says...

economist: I am amazed at the length of your letter, a loss of words I assume. For the first time I actually read all of it.
economist: I am amazed at the length of your letter, a loss of words I assume. For the first time I actually read all of it. Worcesterman
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