Piccadilly Waterstones adds a cinema but staff get pay freeze
Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly store in central London’s always-fashionable central London is soon to be equipped with its very own cinema, following an agreement with independent movie gurus Curzon Artificial Eye.
The full details are still sketchy but the cinema is due to open in 2011 and follows on from a similar venture in the Wimbledon branch of HMV (owners of Waterstones). More cinemas in branches of the book chain are planned according to Curzon Artifical Eye. Give us a shout if you’ve visited the one in Wimbledon, because we’re a bit baffled by it all.
Let’s hope HMV and Waterstones staff will be getting discounted entry into the new cinemas – that’s because they’ve found out that none of them will be getting any kind of pay rise in 2010. Sales for both companies have dropped over the past year, and as HMV invests in new, big ideas to help keep things afloat (like the aforementioned cinemas, fashion departments and live events organiser MAMA) the people who keep it all ticking over will be getting nowt.