New Saffron Walden bookshop ‘really close’ to opening

Work continues at Hart's Books in King Street, which is expected to open imminently

Work continues at Hart's Books in King Street, which is expected to open imminently - Credit: Archant

The wait is nearly over for book-lovers in Saffron Walden as the opening of a new independent bookshop in town draws ever closer.

Hart’s Books, based in King Street at the old site of audio specialists Chew and Osborne, is expected to open imminently.

The shop is the new venture from London-based independent bookseller Daunt Books, and Hart’s will become their first to open outside of the capital.

Renovation work has been ongoing for four months and a spokesperson for Daunt said the store’s opening was “really close”, but was unable to give an exact date.

The spokesperson said: “We don’t have an opening date yet, as there is still work being done. I know we have got to get books stocked in the store, but we are really close to the opening. We’re all very excited about it.”


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Daunt came to an agreement with W Hart and Son, whose own bookshop closed in 2007, to use the name for the new shop, which is next to Hart’s Yard - the original birthplace of Hart’s in Saffron Walden in 1836.

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