Waterstones accused of breaking pledge not to take on independents

Bookseller under fire for opening unbranded Edinburgh store in competition with existing shop

Waterstones has been accused of breaking a pledge not to open a new breed of unbranded stores in areas that are already home to independent bookshops after the company announced plans to expand in Edinburgh.

The bookseller is to open Stockbridge Books in the Scottish city’s Stockbridge suburb next spring, it emerged on Monday.

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