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Saturday February 2, 2008

MPH opens bookstore at The Spring in Kuching


KUCHING: MPH Bookstores has opened a new outlet here, its first in East Malaysia and 28th overall in the country.

Located at The Spring shopping mall, the outlet occupies over 7,000 square feet and offers a wide selection of books ranging from fiction to professional and children’s titles as well as complementary products including stationery, gifts and greeting cards.

Facilities available include a self-search terminal, customer service counter and reading area with seats.

MPH deputy chief operating officer Donald Kee said the decision to open the outlet here was due to overwhelming requests from East Malaysian customers who travel to MPH stores in Peninsular Malaysia to buy books.

“Over the past five years, we’ve been receiving e-mails from a lot of East Malaysian customers asking when we’re going to open here.

“We’re confident we can do well here and once we’ve established ourselves, we may open more outlets,” he told reporters during a soft opening of the store recently.

Kee added that MPH was not just a bookstore but also aimed to promote local writing.

“We want to promote the local book industry, so we display books by Malaysian authors prominently at the front of the store,” he said.

MPH The Spring is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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