Taiwanese bookstore chain eslite targets Kuala Lumpur opening in 2022


An eslite spectrum outlet located in Taiwan. Photo: eslite epectrum

Taiwanese bookstore chain eslite will be opening its first South-East Asian outpost branch in Kuala Lumpur.

The renowned eslite spectrum will be an anchor tenant of The Starhill, Kuala Lumpur, following the recent signing of a tenancy agreement between YTL Land & Development Bhd vice president Joseph Yeoh and eslite Group chairperson Mercy Wu.

It is set to open its doors here in 2022.

“With eslite spectrum taking pride of place as the anchor tenant, we are realising our vision of anchoring a lifestyle library ... where patrons can meet, gather and connect over shared interests,” says Yeoh.

“Through this Kuala Lumpur store, we hope to promote exchanges involving Asian publications and the creative content of the region. We also wish to create more opportunities for cross-regional dialogue between Taiwanese and Malaysian writers and their works, and present readers with novel reading perspectives,” says Wu.

The bookstore will offer a selection of Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia language books and more.

The eslite spectrum store will feature 6,520sq m of floor space, and will take up The Starhill’s entire Level 1.

The store will also feature a cafe terrace on Level 1 overlooking The Starhill Piazza.

Eslite is an omni-channel cultural tourism brand founded in Taiwan in 1989. The group is well-known for creating the world's first 24-hour bookstore. Its subsidiary, eslite spectrum, was founded in 2010.

As for accolades, eslite spectrum has been named by Time magazine and CNN as "Asia’s Best Bookstore" and “World’s Coolest Bookstore” respectively.

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