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....with a guarantee that the public toilets in Piccadilly (Ex Simpsons)branch will be brought up to 21st century hygiene requirements ???
April Fool, haha... not.
On a more serious note, and something which could well spell better times for at least one bookchain (as well as having a major influence on the marketing methods of the other bookchains) I suggest that you purchase a copy of today's Mail on Sunday. I noticed, courtesy of the Retail Bulletin, that none other than Trevor Goul-Wheeker is believed to have joined forces with Keith Watson, a former Hammicks colleague, with a view to making a bid for Borders/Books Etc. Should their bid eventualise this must be the best news for the terrestial booktrade in many a long summer. Time to hang out the bunting !
Better yet, The Mail on Sunday has a free Glengarry Glen Ross DVD. A scene much like Waterstone's head office at the moment I imagine.
Well, except that Goul-Wheeker is out of his depth at a big retailer as Smiths found out to their cost. Put him in charge of a big chain and watch it crumble.
If Trevor Goul-Wheeler was in charge at Waterstone's then HMV's share price would be standing far above the current few pence over 110, and Waterstone's would be making the pace and not jumping to the tunes played by Amazon and Tesco. The bunting is up in my shop, it went up late afternoon ; I, and many other indies, will be wishing Trevor every success in getting the getting the deal together and ensuring that GB has at least one successful and vibrant bookchain.
Tim Waterstone to buy C&P and roll out brand across country ("Every mall will have its Crockatt & Powell by the year 2011 - even the Mare Imbrium MegaComplex")
We're open to offers, Bhikku...