- 04 Aug 22
The Parnell Street storefront was deemed too large for book retail due to the trend toward the e-book market.
Chapters Bookstore is planning to relocate to a smaller location in Dublin city centre. The Parnell Street storefront was deemed too large for book retail due to the trend toward the e-book market.
The Irish Times reported earlier this week that a planning application to Dublin City Council is seeking permission for a change of use of the premises from retail to gym facility.
The planning application, lodged by applicant O’Mahony Pike Architects on behalf of JOM Investments Unlimited Company, a firm linked to the Cosgrave family of builders, stated that Chapters had “realised the store was much larger than required” by 2007, which was “compounded when the recession hit in 2008/2009″.
The iconic 40-year-old Dublin institution has had a tumultuous year. They were forced to close shop in early 2022 as the owner, William Kinsella, retired. This news was met with dismay from the community, mourning the loss of a cultural staple. Luckily, Chapters was able to reopen under new ownership shortly after.
Now, owners have realised that the glorious glass storefront "was much larger than required." But do not fear, they have already secured another location of a more suitable size, and will remain in the city centre.
Chapters is known for its accessibility. It's wide selection of second-hand books as well as new ones has made it a hub for culture and education. They have also been a dedicated ally to the LGBT+ community, hosting a book drive for youth groups.
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