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JLL advises Waterstones on new St Pancras Hatchards store

Second store for oldest bookshop in the UK

London, 12th June, 2014 - JLL has advised Waterstones on the acquisition of a 1,997sqft sq ft store at St Pancras station for Hatchards bookshop. 
Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in the UK, having opened in Piccadilly in 1797. It was bought by Waterstones in the late 1990s. The St Pancras store is set to open in August and will house over 15,000 books including a large children’s section. The shop will also have  a full calendar of literary events and will be situated next to Fortnum & Mason. 
Bobby Darwen, Director in Retailer Services at JLL commented: “Hatchards has the prestige and history making it a perfect addition to St Pancras station which is fast becoming a retail destination for British Heritage retail brands. The talks and events that are the hallmark of the Piccadilly store will be brought to the St Pancras store and the public places within the station will be utilised for these. It will open up the Hatchard experience to more Londoners and visitors.”
James Daunt, Managing Director of the Hatchards owner Waterstones, has said: “We are immensely excited to be putting a bookshop into such a lovely space. There is a happy symmetry with the location of Hatchards and Fortnum’s side by side which we are sure will be as equally appreciated in St Pancras as it has been for over two centuries on Piccadilly.”​