Irish bookshop chain Hughes and Hughes closed in February.
Now, apparently, five of their branches have reopened. I haven't checked if the one nearest my office has reopened (although thankfully their Costa Coffee outlet with the nice caramel slices is still going) but I am hopeful!
I really noticed the loss of Hughes and Hughes about a month ago. I was looking for the latest Alice Hoffman, or failing that, any Alice Hoffman I hadn't read. We used to have four bookshops in the area - one secondhand, one heavy on the holiday reads, one adequate but small. In the absence of Hughes & Hughes, I had no luck. I'm not saying Hughes & Hughes would definitely have had it - but they did have a large shop floor (which contributed to their downfall apparently. Rents in Ireland are high) so my chances would have been better. As it was, the secondhand shop had the widest range.
I don't have many Irish readers so most of you probably don't care very much - but I'm going to take a leap and say you're probably all in favour of more bookshops :)