Waterstones bookshop on Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Waterstones has revealed the site of its new bookshop in Southport! 

The firm will be relocating from its current location on the corner of Lord Street and Nevill Street to its new 5,614 sq ft home on Chapel Street later this year. 

Waterstones will begin a new chapter in the former Peacocks store building at 59 Chapel Street,Southport, PR8 1AL, directly opposite Southport Railway Station. 

The store on Lord Street is making way for a new Lounge restaurant. 

A Waterstones spokesperson said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have found a great new home for our Southport bookshop! 

“The new bookshop will be located on nearby Chapel Street and offer a thoughtfully curated selection of books and gifts. 

Waterstones bookshop will open at 59 Chapel Street in town centre, between River Island and Hays Travel

Waterstones bookshop will open at 59 Chapel Street in town centre, between River Island and Hays Travel

“The current Lord Street site will remain open until mid-August, and we plan to open the new shop thereafter. 

“The bookselling team can’t wait to welcome their customers into the beautiful new bookshop.”

Stand Up For Southport revealed recently how the existing store, on the corner of Lord Street and Nevill Street in the town centre, is due to make way for a new Lounge restaurant. 

Loungers UK Ltd has submitted a planning application for the scheme with a £1million investment due to create 30 new jobs. 

Waterstones says it is due to move after its landlord gave the firm intent to serve notice on its current location at 367 Lord Street. 

However, the firm is committed to keeping a bookshop in the town.

In June, Loungers UK Limited submitted a planning application to Sefton Council to convert the ground, first and second floors of the Grade II Listed building at 367 Lord Street, plus the first floor of 3-9 Nevill Street, into its new use. 

The Design, Access and Heritage Statement for the scheme has been prepared by D2 Planning, which said: “Loungers UK Limited operates over 190 sites across the country through two brands, The Lounges and The Cosy Clubs. 

““Each new site will generate in the region of 30 new jobs for the local community across a variety of roles – from leadership positions to front of house staff. These staff will also have available to them a very high standard of training with regards to health and safety, licensing etc which will help prepare them for other positions in the future. 

“Based on current proposals, the conversion of this property will represent an investment cost of approximately £1million. Thus, not only do Lounges create jobs for their own business, they can assist in creating an employment draw for a much wider area, across both retail and hospitality.”

The landmark building was constructed in 1925-7 and was designed by Palmer & Holden, in association with Finchett, Lancaster & Archer of London.

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