And they say no one reads anymore!
The bookstore mini-explosion taking place in DFW continues with the announcement that Kinokuniya, one of the largest bookstore chains in Japan, is coming to North Texas. They’re not opening just one store but two. The flagship Texas store will be in Carrollton and the other location will be in Plano. They will open in January and February respectively.
According to the book-news site shelfawareness.com the Carrollton outlet will be “focusing on not only Japanese but also on the fusion of Asian and American pop culture. The store will carry a wide selection of Japanese-language and English-language books ranging from manga to art to fashion and more. The ratio of Japanese-language to English-language titles will be about 3 to 7.”
Meanwhile, the Plano branch will have a slightly different focus. It will “offer the most up-to-date Japanese new releases and bestsellers. The ratio of Japanese-language to English-language titles will be about 7 to 3.”
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Both locations will carry a variety of other Japanese products like stationery.
Kinokuniya already has several outlets in the US including stores in Chicago, Orange County, Calif., New York City, New Jersey, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle and Portland.
Kinokuniya’s entry into North Texas comes at a time when interest in Japanese culture seems to be at an all-time judging from the numerous ramen restaurants opening up and the debut of the Japanese supermarket and foodie haven Mitsuwa in Plano. In fact, the Plano store will be in the Mitsuwa Marketplace with other Japanese retailers.
Kinokuniya has outlets all over the world including Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the UAE.
In the last couple of years, indie bookstores have been popping up across DFW including the Wild Detectives and Deep Vellum in Dallas and the Last Word in Fort Worth.