KUCHING: Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd, the country largest bookstore chain, will open a new outlet in June next year as part of its plan to expand in Sarawak and Sabah.
Its area manager, Edmund Low, said currently, Popular has nine outlets in Sarawak and Sabah.
"The outlet at Tun Jugah shopping centre here is the largest. We will be opening a new outlet in the new shopping complex here next year," he told told a media briefing after a tour of the newly-renovated bookstore at Tun Jugah shopping centre here today.
Low said for the long term, the company would study the possibility of setting up a mega store in Sarawak.
"Most probably in the next three years because we expect the booming population, as well as growing commercial space in Kuching City, to take place within that time or after that," he said.
He said to open a mega store, 30,000 sq ft of space was needed and not many many commercial complexes had that space.
"The population factor must also be taken into account. A population of at least one million in strategic locations was needed to operate a mega store," he said.
Currently, Popular has four mega stores in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru.
He said Popular spent RM3.5 million for the renovation of the store at Tun Jugah shopping and the purchase of book stocks.
"Renovation started in August and the soft opening was launched on Sept 23.
"After the completion of the renovation, the floor space was increased to 12,000 sq ft from 5,000 sq ft," he said.
A grand opening was scheduled this Thursday.
Popular was set up in 1984 and has 67 outlets nationwide. Malaysian Book of Record has recognised it as the largest bookstore chain in the country with over 600,000 sq ft of retail space. - BERNAMA