A chapter closes for bookstores, but new ones open

Times Bookstores unveils Times Junior, its first standalone multi-category concept store for children, in Jewel Changi Airport tomorrow. (From left) Huggs Coffee owner Ron Choo, author Balli Kaur Jaswal and Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee at the Hug
Times Bookstores unveils Times Junior, its first standalone multi-category concept store for children, in Jewel Changi Airport tomorrow.PHOTO: TIMES BOOKSTORES
Times Bookstores unveils Times Junior, its first standalone multi-category concept store for children, in Jewel Changi Airport tomorrow. (From left) Huggs Coffee owner Ron Choo, author Balli Kaur Jaswal and Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee at the Hug
Ms Sarah Naeem (left, with her right hand woman Lee Jiaqian), opened The Moon, a Chinatown bookstore with a focus on female writers and diverse books, last year.ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA
Times Bookstores unveils Times Junior, its first standalone multi-category concept store for children, in Jewel Changi Airport tomorrow. (From left) Huggs Coffee owner Ron Choo, author Balli Kaur Jaswal and Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee at the Hug
(From left) Huggs Coffee owner Ron Choo, author Balli Kaur Jaswal and Epigram Books founder Edmund Wee at the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, which opened last month at The URA Centre.ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

The impending closure of Books Kinokuniya's Liang Court outlet, which will open for the last time this Sunday after 36 years in business, has dismayed book lovers in Singapore.

Brought down by falling sales, it joins a long list of brick-and-mortar bookstores that have shuttered over the years amid rising rents and competition from online retailers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'A chapter closes for bookstores, but new ones open'. Print Edition | Subscribe