Waterstones has opened Harpenden Books, the third shop to be named after the town in which it is based.
In 2014, Waterstones opened The Southwold Bookshop, so named to reflect that it will be “a quintessentially local bookshop” and last summer the company opened The Rye Bookshop in Kent.
Waterstones managing director James Daunt said: “We are delighted to bring back to Harpenden a proper bookshop. It builds on the great success we have had with Southwold Books in Suffolk and The Rye Bookshop in Kent, towns which had also lost their shops. We are very proud of these local bookshops which, whilst a lot smaller than a standard Waterstones, are exceptionally attractive and well stocked.”