Everet Jsu

What on earth has happened to the Foyles bookshop...

What on earth has happened to the Foyles bookshop in Grand Central Birmingham? It’s been ruined and I want to know who’s responsible. Why couldn’t it have been left alone? Why fix something that’s not broken? When I enter a bookshop I expect to see shelves filled with books not full of games, drinking cups, phone cases and various other bits of paraphenalia. When you went in previously, on the left hand side of the shop there were shelves with new releases on and a wonderful comprehensive collection of fiction books listed from A-Z. Now there are just loads of games and Fiction and Non Fiction sections with nothing in order so you can’t find anything. Absolutely nonsensical, particularly when you think that commuters travelling through the station need to find books quickly. The poor staff will be indundated with enquiries trying to locate books. Most of the lovely table stands and sideways shelves that gave a cosy library - like atmosphere have gone so the place looks very empty and tatty. The seats have gone too. There are no clear sections anymore. I saw a shelf labelled ‘ Science Fiction but could not find the ‘Popular Science’ section. That’s because the latter no longer exists, so there are no astronomy, popular science or maths books there anymore. Obviously someone at Foyles thinks that people passing through the station are not interested in science or astronomy books. There’s just no pleasure browsing through books anymore in this shop. Thankfully the Children’s Section seems unaltered in the main. I shall be writing a bitter letter of complaint to Head Office and urging others to do likewise. Please put this bookshop back as it was.
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