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Foyles to open fourth store

Foyles will open a new 12,000 square foot store as part of the £1.6bn Westfield development in White City, west London. It will be the independent's fourth store with its new branch in St Pancras expected to open within the next eight weeks.

"This is yet another terrific opportunity for Foyles to reinforce its position as Londoners' bookseller of choice," said Christopher Foyle, the independent's chairman. "Westfield London will attract some 20 million customers and we are looking forward to opening our first shop in west London."

The new bookshop will occupy 12,000 sq ft on a corner site on level two of the development. It will stock around 20,000 titles, as well as a range of book-related gifts and Foyles' heritage memorabilia.

Managing director of Westfield UK/Europe Michael Gutman hailed Foyles as "an iconic brand and one of the great booksellers of the world". "We are delighted that they have committed to a flagship store to enhance the browsing, dining, and leisure experience at Westfield London."

The Westfield development, due to open by Christmas of next year, will see restaurants, cafes, bars, leisure facilities and shops within its 150,000 square metre sites. There will be anchor stores from Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Waitrose and Next as well as 265 other speciality shops.

* The Guardian carries a long interview with Christopher Foyle, chairman of Foyles: "Does he have a long-term strategy? 'Not precisely, because we live in rapidly evolving times,' he says. 'It was Harold Macmillan who said something about events, dear boy, events.'"

Guardian interview with Christopher Foyle

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