Is It True that National Bookstore is Closing its Physical Stores?

Recently, there have been rumors spreading that National Bookstore, a local store known for selling books and school and office supplies, is closing down its physical stores and shifting online.

The question is: are the rumors true?

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National Bookstore has come forward with an official statement, announcing that the news is completely false and that it has no plans of closing down all its branches across the country.

“National Book Store strongly denies the social media post claiming ‘NBS closing branches in expensive malls. Only stand-alone shall stay. Going online,'” it said. “National Book Store would like to assure all our partners and customers that this story is not true. Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Book Store is working tirelessly to adapt to the difficulties posed by the current situation and continue providing every Laking National with books and supplies.”

It clarified that although certain “non-performing locations” may be evaluated for closure, this doesn’t mean that all the stores will be. “The vast majority of stores nationwide will remain open to serve your homeschooling, distance learning, and work from home needs, with stringent protocols in place to ensure your safety,” it added.

At the end of its post, National Bookstore expressed gratitude to all its loyal customers and partners for the neverending support throughout the nearly 80 years that it has remained in business, especially now during this difficult time.

“National Book Store has overcome a lot of difficulties and obstacles since its humble beginnings nearly 80 years ago. We remain committed to our promise of being your lifelong partner in learning, creativity, and self-expression, and will strive to continue fulfilling this promise as best as we can,” it said.

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Currently, National Bookstore has been serving Filipinos who have been self-isolating at home for the past months through its e-commerce platform, www.nationalbookstore.com, and its official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

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