New Water­stones to be opened by mayor

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

WATER­STONES has an­nounced it is to of­fi­cially open its new Wok­ing­ham branch on Satur­day.

And the rib­bon will be cut by Wok­ing­ham town mayor – and new leader of Wok­ing­ham’s Con­ser­va­tives – Cllr Ju­lian McGhee-Sum­ner at 10am.

The team from the new store will carry on the cel­e­bra­tions through­out the day, of­fer­ing cus­tomers a warm wel­come, as well as bal­loons for chil­dren and wine and mince pies for grown-ups.

It will be the first time the town cen­tre will have a ded­i­cated book­shop since Book­ends closed last year.

The sin­gle storey shop will house a range of books with an em­pha­sis on lo­cal au­thors. There will also be sta­tionery and gifts.

It is hoped that like it's Read­ing coun­ter­part it will hold reg­u­lar events and sign­ings: the team said that the Peach Place branch will have a strong com­mu­nity fo­cus, host­ing read­ing groups, sup­port­ing lo­cal au­thors, work­ing with schools and run­ning reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies.

In a state­ment, store man­ager Becky Ash­ley said: “It’s won­der­ful to be open­ing our book­shop in time for Christ­mas.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to bring­ing some sea­sonal cheer, meet­ing our cus­tomers and help­ing every­one to find Christ­mas presents for friends and fam­ily.”

The store is one of the first new busi­nesses to open in the new Peach Place com­plex and will be lo­cated on Peach Street op­po­site the town hall.

When Water­stones’ ar­rival was an­nounced, James Daunt, the chain’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “We con­sider our­selves very for­tu­nate to have found in Wok­ing­ham such a large and at­trac­tive shop and greatly look for­ward to turn­ing it into a re­ally good book­shop.”

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