Two MPH Bookstores in Klang Valley to Close on June 6

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Renowned local bookstore chain MPH is set to close two of its Klang Valley outlets this week with more likely to come.

Ahmad Zamzahuri

Following several social media posts alleging the closure of nine MPH stores nationwide, including four in the Klang Valley, it was reported that the MyTown and Subang Parade outlets will close this Saturday, June 6.

Another outlet on the purported list in Sunway Geo Avenue have already closed, while the one in the Shah Alam Convention Centre is also expected to shutter sometime this month.

On social media, readers have also lamented the closure or steps towards shutting down stores in JB City Square and Taman Universiti (Johor), Kinta City and Amanjaya (Perak), and Mydin MITC (Melaka).

The stores’ operator MPH Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd has not made any official statement on its website or social media accounts. Its website currently lists 26 outlets nationwide and one in Singapore.

The chain previously had three outlets in Singapore until last year, when the Raffles City and Parkway Parade outlets were closed on July 28 and September 1, respectively. The current outlet in SingPostCentre is also said to be closing down this month.

In Malaysia, the first MPH bookstore to close down was the one at the 1Utama Shopping Centre. It closed in August 2018 after 15 years in operation, possibly due to the rising popularity of digital books and the convenience of online bookstores.

Besides MPH, the Times bookshop in Citta Mall in Ara Damansara also closed its doors in 2018.

The following year in December, Borders, another formerly international bookstore chain operated by Berjaya Corporation Bhd’s subsidiary Berjaya Books Sdn Bhd, closed its only store in Penang after 13 years in operation, citing rising costs and other challenges.