A national bookseller will be opening the shutters of its new Aberdeen store tomorrow.
Waterstones has signed a 10-year lease for a two-storey unit in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen.
The current Trinity Centre branch, which has long been a feature of Union Street and was previously occupied by another book store, Ottakar’s, is shutting down today.
Bookshop manager Iain Dench said: “To be part of the Bon Accord Centre’s ambitious redevelopment is an exciting prospect and we are looking forward to making the most of all the opportunities that this will bring for our new bookshop and cafe.
“We are working with local bakeries to champion the best of local produce, and we have found what we think are the finest butteries in town.
“Our new children’s department will be a fun and inspiring place for young readers, with a fantastic book train designed to encourage browsing, exploring and imaginative play.”
The national chain is moving into the site formerly occupied by women and children’s clothing retailer Monsoon.
All staff from the Union Street store will transfer to the new shop.
In celebration of the new store, the shop’s team of booksellers is hosting a weekend of activities on Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3.
Award-winning Scottish crime writer Stuart MacBride, whose Logan McRae series is set in Aberdeen, will officially declare the bookshop open on June 2 when he cuts the ribbon at 10am and then signs copies of his books for customers.
Appearances by popular children’s character The Gruffalo are planned throughout the weekend and there are to be Story Times from 11am on each day.
The new shop will host a varied events programme, including book launches, signings, and a wide-range of activities aimed at youngsters.
There will also be a cafe on the site that will serve bread and confectionery from Aberdeen social enterprise bakery, The Bread Maker.
The company provides training and educational and social activities for adults with learning difficulties.