A pioneering store in the Canadian book industry, our Grant Park Winnipeg store replaced two smaller McNally Robinson locations. It was Canada’s largest independent bookstore at the time of its opening and, with two subsequent minor expansions to approximately 24,000 square feet, possibly still is. At the launch, we introduced a full-service licenced restaurant (Prairie Ink) and a comprehensive mezzanine children’s bookstore (McNally Robinson for kids).
Largely on the basis of this extremely popular store, McNally Robinson was named Canada's bookseller of the year 6 times in the next decade.
Grant Park is now a bit of a cultural institution in Winnipeg. It hosts 2-3 author events most evenings and live music on weekends. The restaurant has expanded three times and now includes a patisserie and a summertime patio. We have one of Winnipeg's best recorded music destinations. We offer dozens of courses each month in our Community Classroom, offering classes on such topics as writing, music, photography, architecture, history, art, crafts, parenting, technology... all presented by distinguished Winnipeg educators. There is even a baby store on the main floor, with everything from board books to baby baths.
But most of all McNally Robinson Grant Park is a meeting place. It is laid out concentrically. The typical bookstore is a grid of cross-aisles, but our format comprises alcoves around a central service area and staircase, reducing through-traffic and creating a multitude of themed spaces based on genre. (Think Paris, not L.A.)
A comfortable alternative to chain megastores, McNally Robinson on 8th Street at Circle is one of Canada's largest independent bookshops at 23,000 square feet. Anchored by a much-loved Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery and by McNally Robinson for Kids, it has Saskatchewan's largest selection of trade books and a particular strength in local and regional writing.
The store was created by re-inventing a mundane two-storey office building. With a combination of serendipity and good design, it ended up with a unique wrap-around mezzanine, most of which is given over to McNally Robinson for Kids, and a glorious setting for the restaurant, front and centre, saturated with window light from the north and the west. The store is Saskatchewan's most lively venue for author events and a well-established institution in Saskatoon's cultural life.
McNally Jackson in New York City
On December 3, 2004, a McNally Robinson opened in lower town Manhattan at 52 Prince Street in Nolita, just east of Soho. It is a neighbourhood of great vitality and home to many writers and artists. At 7,000 square feet on two levels, the New York store, owned and operated by Sarah McNally, daughter of the founders, is one of the largest independent stores in Manhattan and operates perhaps the liveliest events program of any store in the city. The store changed its name to McNally Jackson in August 2008.
For more information about the New York store, please visit www.mcnallyjackson.com