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Kantor Pusat Kinokuniya di Shibuya, Tokyo, Jepang

Toko Buku Kinokuniya (紀伊國屋書店, Kinokuniya Shoten?) adalah jaringan toko buku yang berada dioperasikan oleh Kinokuniya Company Ltd. (株式会社紀伊國屋書店, Kabushiki-gaisha Kinokuniya Shoten?).

Perusahaan ini telah berdiri sejak 1927, dengan gerai pertama yang dibuka di Shinjuku, Tokyo. Pendirinya adalah Moichi Tanabe.

Nama Kinokuniya memiliki arti dalam bahasa Indonesia sebuah toko di daerah Ki.

Hingga saat ini, Kinokuniya telah memiliki 61 gerai di seluruh Jepang dan 23 di mancanegara.

[sunting] Jaringan di mancanegara

Kini, jaringan Kinokuniya telah berada di beberapa negara:

[sunting] Kinokuniya di Indonesia

Kinokuniya pertama kali dibuka di Indonesia pada bulan Maret 1990 berlokasi di Plaza Indonesia. Di tahun 1998, Kinokuniya membuka cabangnya yang kedua, yaitu di Plaza Senayan. Pada tahun 2004, Kinokuniya merombak cabangnya yang di Plaza Senayan dan membuka sebuah flagship store di lantai 5 Sogo Plaza Senayan dengan luas 1850 meter persegi. Sejak itu, Kinokuniya membuka 4 gerai di Indonesia yang semuanya dikelola oleh PT. Kinokunia Bukindo dengan sistem franchise.

Di bulan April 2010, Kinokuniya menutup toko mereka yang pertama di Plaza Indonesia, sehingga akhirnya hanya menjadi 3 gerai saja.

Ketiga toko Kinokuniya yang masih beroperasi semuanya berada di Jakarta, yaitu di Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall (dibuka September 2005) dan yang terbaru di Grand Indonesia (dibuka Mei 2007). Koleksi di Kinokuniya Indonesia termasuk buku dan majalah berbahasa Inggris, Jepang, Mandarin dan Indonesia, dan alat tulis merek ekslusif dari Jepang.

Hak waralaba Kinokuniya di Indonesia dipegang oleh PT. Mitra Adi Perkasa.

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Books Kinokuniya Company in Shibuya, Tokyo

Shinjuku Branch of Books Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Books Kinokuniya (紀伊國屋書店, Kinokuniya Shoten?) is a Japanese bookstore chain operated by Kinokuniya Company Ltd. (株式会社紀伊國屋書店, Kabushiki-gaisha Kinokuniya Shoten?), founded in 1927, with its first store located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It means “Store of Kii Province“. The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo.[1]

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[edit] History

Kinokuniya was originally a lumber and charcoal dealer in Yotsuya; and after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, the business was moved westward to a new location in Shinjuku, where it was refashioned into a book store by former president Moichi Tanabe, opening with a staff of five in January 1927. [2] On the second floor was an art gallery.

The building burnt down in May 1945 during an air raid, but reopened in December 1945. Over the next few years, more Kinokuniya shops opened around Japan. In 1964, headquarters was established in Shinjuku (the current Shinjuku Main Store Building). The bookstore was nine stories and had two underground floors.

[edit] The Store

Kinokuniya is the largest bookstore chain in Japan, with 56 shops around the country, in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Sapporo. Overall, it has more than 80 stores in Japan and overseas.

Its first overseas store opened in San Francisco in 1969. Several other bookstores have since opened in the United States, in cities including Los Angeles and New York. It then ventured into the Asia-Pacific market, opening its first store in Singapore (Liang Court Store) in 1983. Shops in Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand followed suit. In 1996, Kinokuniya launched the first outlet in Australia, located in Sydney’s Neutral Bay. It later moved to its present location in George Street in the CBD.

Since 2000, Kinokuniya in the US has capitalised on the growing popularity of anime by stocking both English- and Japanese-language manga, as well as other anime-related paraphernalia. The New York City branch in Rockefeller Center was the best-known, encompassing, lengthwise, an entire city block. A new store has recently opened on Avenue of the Americas, near Bryant Park, replacing the old store, which closed at the end of 2007.

Books Kinokuniya is known for the immense size of its bookshop. For 10 years its store in Ngee Ann City, Singapore, was the largest in South East Asia, until the opening of the new Gramedia flagship store in Jakarta in 2007.

Fellow international bookstore chain Page One (headquartered in Singapore) began as the magazine agent for Kinokuniya but later became independent.

[edit] Overseas stores

Overseas, there are 28 stores in total. They are located in:

Books Kinokuniya store located in The Galeries Victoria, Sydney



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