Fresh hope as huge bookshop opens in Paris

The opening of a huge new bookshop in Paris recently made national press headlines due to its rarity and raised questions about the mixed fortunes of librairies around the world.

Ici Librairie’s owners Anne-Laure Vial and Del­phine Boué­tard are trade veterans who met while working at now-closed Virgin Megastore in Paris.

They say that experience has given them three key strategies to succeed: a large floor area (500m2) with 40,000 books arranged in modular style with mobile furniture to make comfortable customer areas; an in-store speciality cafe; and regular author events to make it a centre of cultural life in the area around Boulevard Poissonnière.

Ms Vial said she is “delighted and very excited that our dream is finally ...

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