HMV added that it was making "excellent progress" on the integration of Ottakar's
The company also revealed that Jo James of Ottakar's
will be joining the company to lead the local marketing team and Jon Howells will join the PR team from Ottakar's
HMV said it also planned to close "a handful" of bookshops where Ottakar's
and Waterstone's overlap.
There are 32 places where Waterstone's and Ottakar's
overlap, and HMV said it will operate "from one bookstore only in a handful of these locations".
HMV said Ottakar's
stores would be rebranded as Waterstone's and some shops would be closed where the two chains had competed.
HMV will close 'a handful' of bookshops where the two companies overlap as well as an Ottakar's
office in Salisbury and two in London.
HMV said it will close "a handful" of bookshops where Ottakar's
and Waterstone's overlap, as well as Ottakar's
offices in Salisbury, London Bridge and Clapham.
assistant manager Sarah Horsnell added: "Jade carried on with the signings.
It is even catching up with The Da Vinci Code - the bestselling novel of the year," said Paul Henderson, Ottakar's
Based on this vote, Ottakar's
predicts The Lord of the Rings will ultimately win the official Big Read poll this autumn, when the public vote again.
At the time this report was published (March 2006), it was clear that Waterstone's did not have a good year in 2005 and, for Ottakar's
, the year was disappointing.
The Rangers legend will be out and about on the following dates: October 7 - Borders, Buchanan Street and Glasgow Fort' October 12 - WH Smith, Hamilton' October - 14 Ottakar's
, Ayr' October 26 - WH Smith, Argyle St, Glasgow, Ottakar's
, East Kilbride.