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A New Chapter for Chapters

Chapters Bookshop reopens March 11th

When Chapters announced it was closing its doors earlier this year, there was an outpouring of sadness and dismay from readers all over the country—from people who grew up with it as a cultural landmark, from people who thought of it as a treasure trove as much as a bookshop, and from those who loved the serendipity of finding something unusual, bizarre or beautiful.

However, there is good news for Chapters customers.

Founder Willie Kinsella has sold the store to his protégées, Kevin Neary and Michael Finucane—co-founders, and former directors of GameStop Ireland.

In a perfect example of the circular economy, Neary and Finucane—who opened their first Gameworld shop in a 50 square meter spare space at the back of Willie’s old store in Middle Abbey Street—are getting the band back together!

Although vastly experienced in retail and retail environments, the new directors believe the secret to Chapters continued success will be to let it do what it does so beautifully – stocking, selling and trading the widest range of new and second-hand books it is possible to fit onto the 1.2 km of shelving in the store.

Manager Sara, and members of her old team will be opening the doors on Friday 11th March for business as usual.