This will be the Southeast Asian debut for Eslite, one of Taiwan’s most popular bookstore chains
Good news, book lovers: Eslite, arguably Taiwan’s most famous bookstore, will soon be setting up shop in Kuala Lumpur for the first time.
Although an exact launch date has not been confirmed, its opening is said to be scheduled for next year. According to Oriental Daily News, the new bookstore – estimated to span up to a sprawling 6,600 square metres in retail space – will be located in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
The bookstore’s debut in Malaysia also marks its first foray into Southeast Asia. At present, it has over 40 branches in Taiwan alone, including a children’s bookstore and several music stores, with a retail presence across Japan, China and Hong Kong as well.
Those who have been to Taipei might be familiar with Eslite’s Dunnan outlet, which made headlines for being the world’s first 24-hour bookstore. Incidentally, this branch just had its final weekend of operations, officially closing its doors for good on 31 May.
More than just a mega-bookstore, Eslite gained a following as a retail haven selling everything from jewellery and accessories to perfume and gourmet foods. It also boasts one of the largest collections of English language publications in Taiwan.
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