Hong Kong bookshop Swindon to close doors after 102 years

  • A key supplier of school textbooks and history books, the company was set up by a local businessman after the first world war
  • Bookworms have headed to the Tsim Sha Tsui location for more than 50 years
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It may have been a bit of a maze, but that was part of Swindon's charm.

Swindon Books, one of Hong Kong’s longest-running companies, is closing its main shop in Tsim Sha Tsui on Friday. The family-owned bookshop was established more than a century, and has been in its iconic current Lock Road location for more than 50 years.

The shop, which has long been a key supplier of school textbooks, will continue sell on its website, www.swindonbooks.com, and you will be able to collect your orders from the second floor of the shop.

The business was started in 1918, and moved into its current location in the 1960s.

In May, the company was sued by the building’s landlord for rent owed since 2016. The landlord claimed more than HK$3 million dollars is due, and required the shop be vacated.

The news follows the closure of several chains in recent years, including Page One, Dymocks and, most recently this year, Popular.

It’s not all bad news for bookworms. Swindon’s affiliate stores, Hong Kong Book Centre in Central, and Kelly & Walsh in Pacific Place, will remain open.

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