On April 23, World Book Day, Eslite Bookstore chain announced that its Xinyi branch will become the chain’s new 24/7 bookstore, replacing the soon-to-be-closed Dunnan store.
The chain introduced the 24-hour bookstore concept shortly after the Dunnan branch, where the brand was launched in 1989, was forced to move from its original home by the roundabout at the intersection of Dunhua South Road and Renai Road in 1995.
Before the move to a nearby site, the Dunnan store held an 18-hour sale and a series of events, which received an overwhelmingly positive response.
From the beginning, Eslite has always been
more than just a bookstore. The original Dunnan branch also had a gallery, an
art space and sold imported craft products.
When it moved to the current location on Dunhua South Road, just a short walk from the original site, it included a gallery and a few shops, including a wine cellar and a record shop. The bookstore began opening 24/7 in 1999.
However, more than 20 years later the Dunnan branch once again faces closure, because its landlord plans to tear down the building as part of an urban renewal project.
Eslite has held a series of events, such as exhibitions and sales of older books from stocks at the Dunnan store since July 2019, as a countdown to the closure which is scheduled for May 31.
Although the iconic Dunnan store will close, over the past three decades the chain has opened branches across Taiwan, as well as in Hong Kong, China and most recently Japan in 2019.
Under the brand “eslite spectrum,” the chain has also become an incubator of local brands and a promoter of cultural events, with an art house cinema and a performance hall at its Songyan store, where an Eslite-branded hotel is also located.
When Eslite Chairperson Mercy Wu (吳旻潔) announced the successor to the Dunnan branch, she also reiterated that the chain is committed to retaining a 24-hour real world bookstore as long as it operates.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel