Chan-Yee Hotel Day Group general manager Tai Shu-ling (戴淑玲) on Friday last week announced the group’s purchase of a bookstore in Chiayi City that has played a major part in the city’s cultural life over the past 24 years.
The store, located near the city’s signature fountain and roundabout near Jhongshan Road, has become one of Chiayi’s staples since its opening in 1990.
The shop has been more than just a bookstore, serving as a place to study and housing a cafe, Tai said, adding that at least a generation of Chiayi residents has fond memories of the locale.
Tai said her daughter was the primary reason behind her purchase of the bookstore, jokingly adding: “Only in there can a mother going through menopause and a daughter going through puberty avoid getting into a fight.”
Tai said she frequently went to the store with her daughter to browse for books, adding that her daughter was devastated when she saw a notice in June announcing the impending closure of the bookstore.
Torn between a promise to her daughter to save the store and the challenge of running the bookstore and her other business, Tai eventually decided to purchase the locale, as it had enriched the lives and knowledge of a generation of Chiayi residents.
“It was an effort to enable the continuation of an integral part of the city that has become a memory, and we do not want our memories to drift and fade,” Tai said.
Tai said she hopes the store, undergoing a renovation until the end of the year, will continue to offer Chiayi residents a bookstore and a space to espouse local cultural and creative events, as well as performances.
Former owner Liang Chiu-lan (梁秋蘭) thanked the Chan Yee Group for helping to keep the bookstore running and for renovating the store.
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