Renowned Taiwanese bookstore chain, Eslite is set to open its first South-East Asia (SEA) outlet here in Kuala Lumpur next year. Established in 1989 by Robert Wu, the bookstore currently has 48 outlets in Taiwan and also in Hong Kong, Japan and China.
Eslite Spectrum Corp chairwoman Mercy Wu, stated that the Taiwanese bookstore chain is continuing to conduct market research among Malaysian. The actual plan to open the outlet is in 2021, however, it could be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The exact date for the launch has not yet been set.
Here are some information about the largest bookstore chain that is set to be opened in KL in 2021:
1. Eslite Bookstore in Malaysia is said to be 3,300-6,600 square meters wide
According to Oriental Daily, the store will be roughly around 3,300-6,600 square meters wide. It is about three Olympic-sized swimming pools and approximately 92% of the size of a football pitch.
2. The Taiwanese bookstore chain, Eslite offers a wide range of books
Although Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan predominantly sells Mandarin books, its outlets in Japan and Hong caters offer a completely different set of books to cater its local customers.
It is most likely that Malaysians will be able to enjoy a wider book selection from local authors as well as many “hidden gems” books.
3. There will be a cozy cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading books
Like BookXcess, Eslite bookstore also will include a cafe section – where readers can lounge on comfy seats enjoying a cup of coffee maybe with a slice of freshly-baked cake as they read their books. Even its outlet in Taipei such as in Xinyi and Dunnan have a cozy cafe section with an inviting coffee aroma.
Other than drinks, the cafes also have a selection light food such as sandwiches, British scones, salads and more
4. The bookstore might run departmental stores selling variety of products
The largest bookstore chain has transcended from just selling books. The company now also runs department stores and restaurants that sell appliances and equipment for hotels, restaurants, kitchen and wine cellars.
Perhaps we can expect its bookstore chain in KL to be like a Muji store – selling variety of home products.
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