A NEW independent bookshop - said to be the only one of its kind in Worcester - is due to open by the weekend.

Bored and Bookless is due to open in Friar Street, directly opposite historic Greyfriars House and Garden, the late medieval merchant's house managed by the National Trust.

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It will be the first shop for the business after managers enjoyed success in the online sale of books and wished to take things in a fresh direction.

They will stock a wide range of books, from cookbooks to travel guides and the business has been described by Oliver Whyman, head of purchasing, as "Worcester's only independent bookshop."

Mr Whyman, age 40 and of Malvern said: "We set up in May and have been selling online.

"We decided we would open a shop so we chose Worcester as Worcester doesn't have any independent bookshops.

"It only has Waterstones and WH Smith.

"I thought it was a perfect opportunity. Worcester is also a very historic city and we're bang opposite Greyfriars. It's good news for the city."

Their new home has five floors.

Managers are looking to use two of these floors for stock to begin with.

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If the venture proves to be a success, they may look to make use of the other three floors.

More details on a launch party will be announced in due course.

It is the latest of a range of shops and cafes to open up in the city centre.

Hope and Story has launched a pop-up shop also on Friar Street selling a wide range of British-made products.

The Sweet Greeks will be opening in Mealcheapen Street having taken over the former Clockwatchers building while Reindeer Court has welcomed dog cafe Paw and Co.

Tesco Express will also be opening a new store in the former HMV building on the High Street which was previously home to a bargain shop.

Smoke bombs and a performance by a rapper announced the opening of luxury clothing store In The Streets on Trinity Street last month.