Taiwan bookstore Eslite to close its 24-hour Dunnan branch

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-14 20:16:11|Editor: ZX
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TAIPEI, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan's landmark bookstore chain Eslite will close its 24-hour Dunnan branch, one of its iconic flagship stores, on May 31 of 2020, as the lease is due for the building in which the store is located, according to a news briefing Thursday.

The Dunnan store, opened in 1989, has been providing 24-hour service since 1999. It is the only store of Eslite's 50 branches that offers such a service.

"Over the years, the Dunnan store has served as a warm place for many people to go during the night," said Chen Yi-fang, the store manager, who has worked for over a decade at the branch.

To mark its history, the store has prepared paper-cut rainbow-colored numbers showing the years from 1989 to 2020, which are draped above the stairways leading to the reading area.

"It's a pity that it will be closed soon," said a visitor to the store surnamed Lin, adding that the store has become a part of many people's lives in Taipei.

With the store's scheduled closure, Eslite plans to find another branch to continue the around-the-clock business, which is expected to be announced in April next year.