Taipei, Eslite Spectrum Corp., which runs the popular Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan, has confirmed that it is closing its Taitung store at the end of April when the lease for the site expires.
The Eslite store is housed in a historic building of Japanese architecture in Taitung City, which was once the site of the Taitung Land Department and is now a cultural and art center.
Amid rumors that the Taitung bookstore was about to close, Eslite confirmed Friday that due to expiration of its lease, it will shut down its operations there April 30.
The Eslite store in Taitung, which opened in September 2007, was one of the first major bookstores in eastern Taiwan.
When rumors about its impending closure began circulating as far back as 2015, the Taitung County government made every effort to persuade Eslite to stay.
In 2019, Taitung County Magistrate Rao Ching-ling (饒慶餘) met with Eslite Chairman Mercy Wu (吳旻潔) to discuss the matter, and Eslite subsequently renewed its lease for one year until May 2020.
At the end of March, Eslite closed its store in Anping District in Tainan, southern Taiwan, and the company also plans to shut down its 24-hour Dunnan store in Taipei at the end of May, leaving some 42 outlets in Taiwan.
Since Eslite opened its first store in Taiwan in 1989, it has evolved from a bookstore chain into a fusion retail model that combines a bookstore, shopping mall and cultural creative platform.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel