Grant Park (since 1996)
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 satellite patisserie showcasing our French pastry chef, Eric Bari, a summertime patio, and a cocktail area. We have one of Winnipeg's best recorded music destinations, headed by Michael Wolch. We've just added an amazingly popular Community Classroom, offering courses long and short in writing, music, photography, architecture, history, art, crafts, parenting, technology...all presented by distinguished Winnipeggers. There is even a baby store 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.)
Saskatoon (since 1998)
New York City. (2004)
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