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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Hong Kong’s oldest bookshop Swindon to close after decades, wrapping up final chapter amid Covid-19 struggles | Hong Kong economy - South China Morning Post

  •  Bookstore to shut Lock Road outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui where it has been for decades 
  •  Company to move operations online as it faces HK$3.71 million bill for unpaid rent

The coronavirus pandemic claimed another victim on Wednesday, as Hong Kong’s oldest bookshop announced it would be closing after decades and moving operations online, according to Denise Tsang, award-winning journalist and Kanis Leung, reporter for the City desk.

Swindon is to close its iconic Lock Road location in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Photo: Google Map
Swindon Book Company Ltd, which was founded in 1918, said it would shut its Lock Road outlet in the heart of the city on Friday.

Generations of Hongkongers have grown up with the English bookshop, with its signature marble shopfront and the golden fonts of its name surviving world wars, and the city’s boom and bust, at its location in Tsim Sha Tsui.

“Swindon has been a part of Hong Kong’s history for over a century, in our everyday lives as generations have grown up, and even as a backdrop in movies,” the company said...

Founded by the Li family, the bookshop is managed by its third generation and launched the online shop 10 years ago.

The Covid-19 pandemic appears to have been the last straw for the store, with the court writ claiming it started delaying rental payments in 2014.

Source: South China Morning Post