‘We’re Back!’ National Book Store Opens Its 235th Branch After Pandemic Challenges

After experiencing a decline during the pandemic, the National Book Store (NBS), one of the oldest bookstores in the nation, is now prepared to recover and bounce back. To mark its “comeback,” the National Book Store just opened its 235th branch on Friday, March 31.

'We're Back!' National Book Store Opens Its 235th Branch After Pandemic Challenges
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The bookstore’s newest branch is located at the One Bonifacio High Street (BHS) Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It’s open between 11 AM to 10 PM daily. The new branch is actually their 6th branch in BGC since they already have stores at Market! Market!, SM Aura, Uptown Mall, Venice Grand Canal Mall, and Vista Mall.

The new branch’s area is spacious and stocked with books and school supplies for everyone. It offers a wide range of books, including new releases and bestsellers, for as little as P99. The bookstore also has its own “sulit finds” for shoppers looking for affordable but quality school supplies. In addition to the inventory, the store’s atmosphere has been updated. According to an article in When in Manila, “You can also enjoy a revamped store environment, with clear and color-coded signage that makes discovering products easier.”

Adrian Ramos, president of the National Book Store, expressed his enthusiasm for their new endeavor. In an article on ABS-CBN, he shared that he has been wanting to open a branch in BHS for almost 20 years but hasn’t had the chance. He explained, “We’re so excited to be here because BHS is a place where our core demographic really hangs out. We’re happy to bring the National Book Store experience here to BHS.”

Ramos admitted that the National Book Store was among the businesses badly affected by the pandemic. However, with the new changes, the team is ecstatic and looking forward to better days ahead. It may take time, but they are committed to “coming back.”

He said, “Yes, the past couple of years have made things a little bit more challenging. But if I can show you, we’re back! We are slowly getting back to being what National Book Store is. Of course, it’s going to take time. Things don’t fix themselves overnight.”

Ramos added that the changes the company is making also bring them back closer to his grandmother’s mission. The National Book Store’s founder, Socorro Ramos, wished to provide goods that offered excellent value for the money. He said his lola’s mission is what drives them to move forward with the changing of the times. Ramos said, “Education is so important for the future of Filipinos, and it’s our job to support them in their pursuit of learning.”

Opening a school supply business can be a lucrative venture if you know the right strategy. You can learn business tips from Soccoro Ramos or the basics of opening an office and school supply store.

Sally Mae

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