It has moved only a few hundred yards, but Waterstones York on Coney Street is light years away from its High Ousegate incarnation in terms of look and feel.
As our pictures show, the store at 15 Coney Street has a much airier, more modern feel to it.
Gone are the dark bookshelves – a hallmark of the previous shop. In their place are lighter wooden shelves set off by similar flooring.
Downstairs you’ll find fiction, sci-fi, crime, health and self-help. At the back is the children’s area, complete with slide and pop up castle, while near the entrance are stationery and a local books section.
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Upstairs is a reference section, biographies and – at the moment – a display dedicated to the forthcoming Tour de France, complete with bike from York Cycleworks.
Here too you’ll find the Café W. Typical prices include a pot of tea for one: £1.80; a regular cappuccino, £2.30, and a large £2.60; and a Belvoir organic lemonade £2.50.
Cake weighed in at a fairly hefty £3.50 a slice. That said, the lemon drizzle cake was splendid, and the slice very generous.
Waterstones York has its first author event in its new home on Monday, April 28, with crime writer Jo Nesbo signing copies of his new novel The Son from 1pm.
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