Retail in Asia


Japan’s Tsutaya to open in Malaysia

Japanese bookstore Tsutaya Books is slated to make its Malaysian debut by April 2022, joining Taiwan’s Eslite Spectrum which is also heading to Kuala Lumpur in the new year.

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Making their Southeast Asia debut, Tsutaya Books is scheduled to open in the capital’s Pavilion Bukit Jalil, while Eslite Spectrum is set to open at The Starhill, according to local media reports.

Tsutaya Books will open a 31,000-square-foot space that serves to “cultivate culture and lifestyle”, in tune with the iconic Japanese store’s culture and aesthetic. Inside, shoppers will find a bookstore, café, and activity spaces, alongside specialised merchandise, curated gifts and souvenirs such as fine writing stationery, arts and crafts, interior decor items, fragrances and more.

“We look forward to launching our first Southeast Asia bookstore with Pavilion Bukit Jalil and we cannot wait for Malaysians to experience the Tsutaya brand for the first time,” said Hideyuki Uemoto, head of Tsutaya Books Malaysia.

“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.”

Tsutaya’s Malaysian entry is being helmed by KLSE listed Global Oriental Berhad, which has partnered with Japanese Sojitz Corporation to ink a deal with Tsutaya Books franchise holder, Culture Convenience Club Co Limited.

An official opening date is yet to be confirmed.

Likewise, Eslite Spectrum will open its doors this year at The Starhill. The store will span 70,191 square feet which is more than double Tsutaya Books, and will have a selection of Chinese, English and Malay books, music and handmade goods.

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The bookstore is also envisioned as a cross cultural and creative exchange between Malaysia and Taiwan, according to media reports. No opening date has been released, but it is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2022.