KUALA LUMPUR, January 5 – This year is shaping up to be a mega bookstore revolution with Kuala Lumpur welcoming Tsutaya Japanese books to the Bukit Jalil Pavilion and Taiwan’s Elite Spectrum set to open at Starhill.
Both are opening their first Southeast Asian stores in Malaysia.
By Q1 2022, KL-lites will have a taste of Japanese Tsutaya Books at the Bukit Jalil Pavilion.
Tsutaya Books is Japan’s largest bookstore chain with over 1,400 stores in Japan, Taiwan and China. The Tsutaya brand and Tsutaya Books both have an overall Japanese pop culture platform.
The store will feature a unique concept on the theme “Cultivating Culture and Lifestyle” where they hope to provide an environment to foster community relationships and bonding.
The 31,000 square foot space will include a bookstore and café. Also expect specialty merchandise and activity zones.
The bookstore will be managed by a team of expert concierges who will be on hand to offer personalized recommendations and assistance.
You can also purchase selected gifts and souvenirs such as fine stationery, arts and crafts, home decor items, perfumes and more.
“We are looking forward to launching our first bookstore in South East Asia with Pavilion Bukit Jalil and we can’t wait for Malaysians to experience the Tsutaya brand for the first time. In keeping with our vision of cultivating culture and lifestyle, we hope to create a space for families and children who love books, design and art to grow, explore and flourish together at Tsutaya Books ”, said Hideyuki Uemoto, director of Tsutaya Books Malaysia.
Billed as “one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world” by the online magazine Flavor thread, Tsutaya Books will be the perfect feast for everyone to see on social media. We can expect a unique design because each Tsutaya outlet has a distinct personality. Notable Tsutaya stores include the iconic T site of Daikanyama, Shibuya, and Ginza Six in Tokyo.
As reported by The Edge Malaysia, Tsutaya Books is being introduced by KLSE-listed Global Oriental Berhad, which has partnered with Japanese company Sojitz to enter into a deal with Tsutaya Books franchise holder Culture Convenience Club Co Limited.
At Starhill, Taiwan’s Eslite Spectrum is also slated to open this year. No confirmed opening date has been announced for The Starhill’s main tenant.
In an interview with The Edge Malaysia, it was mentioned that the store will span 70,191 square feet, more than double that of Tsutaya Books.
It will offer a selection of Chinese, English and Malaysian books, music and handicrafts. The bookstore is also envisioned as an intercultural and creative exchange between Malaysia and Taiwan.
You can also attend various events there and dine in their themed restaurants and cafes.
For updates on when Tsutaya Books will open, follow Pavilion Bukit Jalil’s Facebook @PavilionBukitJalil