Through its official portal, the division of the Japanese bookstore chain TORANOANA in the Akihabara District announced the definitive closure of one of its branches. In fact, this is the second establishment that is closed by the company during this pandemic.
«To our dear customers. Thank you very much for your continued patronage. Due to the expiration of the lease on April 6, 2021, we will close the store of “Establishment B” permanently on the same date. Following the closure of 'Store C', this is our company's second store to be closed in Akihabara District. '
“We will continue to improve service to our customers by consolidating our products and services in“ Store A ”in Akihabara, to offer it all now in one single store, hoping to continue improving their shopping experience. At the same time, we will be offering electronic sales with shipments, due to an increase in this type of market due to the COVID-19 pandemic ».
"We will also undertake an expansion of our exhibition space in 'Establishment A', which has been used by many artists in the past, so that we can hold art and illustration exhibits on a more regular basis," the company statement wrote.
The endless state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limits the time of operations in the establishments, the flow of potential customers in the district and the degree of occupancy that the establishments may have, have condemned a large number of stores from the popular district, considered "the mecca of otaku culture", to the imminent bankruptcy, forcing them to close. In addition, the cancellation of three consecutive editions of the great Comic Market (Comiket) convention has also had a significant impact on the district's bookstores and stores.
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