The book chain said in a statement: “We are very sad to hear that Christopher Foyle, our former chairman, and member of the founding Foyle family, has passed away aged 79. Christopher’s vision inspired the Foyles of today: after taking the helm in 1999, he modernised the business, opening new branches and was instrumental in creating the magnificent new Foyles flagship bookshop on Charing Cross Road which opened in 2014.
Waterstones bought the chain in 2018. In a separate statement, James Daunt, m.d. at Waterstones, added: “Christopher was an enthusiast. He guided Foyles through its transformation and continued to give his shrewd support after the sale. We will miss him greatly.”