Work on Waterstones Chapel Street store underway

Work on Waterstones Chapel Street store underway

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

WORK is underway at the home of Waterstones’ new branch on Chapel Street, ahead of an opening date later this month.

The bookshop is set to depart its current shop on Lord Street and relocate the short distance to 59 Chapel Street.

Workers are now inside the shop to transform it into Waterstones’ new branch, which they say will be open at some point in August.

The arrival of the bookshop should be a huge boost to Chapel Street. Other positive developments on the high street include work to transform the former BHS store into apartments, which will begin in September, as well as the expected reopening of the former HMV store with a new occupier set to move in.

The last occupier of 59 Chapel Street was Steals clothing shop, which closed down earlier this year. Before that it was a Peacocks shop, but that closed in 2017.

The Champion reported in June how the  Waterstones store on Lord Street will be taken over by Loungers UK, which has submitted a planning application to invest £1million in transforming the building into a new Lounge restaurant.

Loungers UK plan to spend £1million to transform the ground, first and second floors of  Waterstones’ branch on Lord Street, plus the first floor of 3-9 Nevill Street.

The company has more than 190 sites across the country through two brands, Lounge and Cosy Club.

Loungers UK Ltd has submitted a Listed Building Consent to Sefton Council in order to get permission to carry out its plans.


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