Till about two years ago, a constant grouse voiced by shoppers heading to Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, was that the place lacked a decent bookstore. All that changed when Landmark set up shop within Palladium, occupying a huge space within the premises. But post the monsoon, the outlet shut down suddenly.
And although the board outside explicitly said that it would be back soon (read ‘will rise like the phoenix’), people feared the worst.
Good news though, this Mecca of booklovers in central Mumbai will reopen after the monsoon.
“We never planned to shut the outlet. Why should we? It serves as one of our biggest customer bases in Mumbai,” says Lijin Thomas, head of marketing, Landmark. He adds that on the bookstore’s Facebook page, they still receive three to four queries from customers every week, asking when the outlet will reopen.
But why shut down at all? Thomas blames the building’s waterproofing. “Since we are located below ground level, after the rains, we had a major issue with leakages. Water kept seeping in. So we were forced to shut it down temporarily. However, the builder has now given an indication that things should be under control,” he says, adding that they intend to test this theory in the coming rainy season.
To keep bookaholics interested, Thomas promises “some new categories” in the reopened Landmark, but refuses to divulge more details.
Another reason to read
‘Bookies’ have even more reason to rejoice. New Delhi-based bookstore chain, Om Book Shop, which stocks books of all genres, recently opened at Phoenix Mills. However, fiction lovers may be a bit disappointed. Their stocks in this department are rather low.