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Japan’s Tsutaya Books opens first China outlet, in Hangzhou

Tsutaya Book in Ginza

Japan’s Tsutaya Books has launched its first China outlet in Hangzhou, set to be followed by a second store later this year. 

The company said in April that it plans to open 1100 stores in China.  

Located at the OōEli complex, the store covers an area of 3000sqm, offering a selection of books, music, movies and design merchandise. 

The second store in Shanghai is scheduled to open by the end of this year in the Columbia Circle in Changning district, a redeveloped culture park widely known as home of the Columbia Country Club in the 1920s. The store will occupy a 2000sqm area, and feature an artistic design reflecting the area’s heritage. 

Founded in 1983, Tsutaya Books operates more than 1400 branches around the world. Its Tokyo Daikanyama store is famous among arts-inclined tourists.

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