Tsutaya Books aims to be a lifestyle destination for everyone.
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Bookstores in Malaysia have been seeing a strong increase in visitors as there are newer, bigger, and more aesthetic shops popping up around the city.
Now, the latest one to land on Malaysian shores is Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Tsutaya Books.
This will be the international chain’s first store in the entire Southeast Asia, opening its wide doors in the newly-opened Pavilion Bukit Jalil.
What’s the difference?
Basically, Tsutaya Books in Pavilion Bukit Jalil is aiming to be more than just a place to buy books.
The 31,000 sq ft space will include a bookstore, café, specialised merchandise, and activity areas. Essentially, it would be a “curated lifestyle destination” firstly, so your non-book-reading friends and family would still be keen to visit with you.
In line with our vision to cultivate culture and lifestyle, we hope to create a space for families and children who love books, design, and art to grow, explore and thrive together at Tsutaya Books.Head of Tsutaya Books Malaysia Mr. Hideyuki Uemoto
Additionally, unlike other retail chains, every branch of Tsutaya Books are designed differently, even in Japan, such as the iconic T-Site at Daikanyama, Shibuya and Ginza Six in Tokyo.
Since then, both parent company TSUTAYA and Tsutaya Books have become an all-encompassing Japanese pop culture platform, operating in more than 1,400 branches around the world.
What to expect
Book-afficionados will be pleased with the wide variety of literary materials on-site, but probably even more pleased with expert staffers who are touted to provided personalised recommendations and assistance in genre-specific areas of interest.
And better yet, while you browse, you can leave your children in their dedicated space to encourage reading, with curated book selections on low bookshelves for young readers.
Alternatively, leave your less bookish friends and family in the stationery and gift section, so they can buy beautiful stationery for you or pretty decor and fragrances for themselves.
Plus, if you can’t wait to read your new books, why bother with the journey home when you can crack it open and read at their in-store lifestyle cafe?
Tsutaya Books is aimed to open within the first quarter of 2022, but you can keep an eye on mall updates via their Facebook page here.
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