Foyles are moving out of their iconic main shop on Charing Cross Road and into the Central St Martin’s School of Art building next door. Central St Martin's is heading for new space in King's Cross this summer, after which the builders will move in to create what's being described as a "purpose-built bookselling space", ready by 2013.
The new Foyles will be spread over three floors and keep the cafe and gallery space. The 'quirky' layout, with its cul-de-sacs and annexes which we always assumed were the product of various expansions over the years, will be sacrificed in the name of "a substantial increase in space at ground floor levels".
We're not concerned about Foyles losing its soul - it has, after all, managed to transfer its character to boxy stores all over town - and look forward to the grand opening with itchy browsing fingers.