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National Book Store Responds To News It Is Closing
PHOTO BY NBS Facebook (left) / Alexine Parreno
  • As we all know, the economy is taking a massive hit as restaurants, bars, and shops close down permanently amid prolonged quarantine. One of the news that recently surfaced on social media is the alleged closure of National Book Store.

    That was the statement made by Bicolano writer Abdon Balde Jr. in a now-deleted Facebook post that was going around since August 23. His post read: "[National Book Store is] closing branches in expensive malls. Only stand-alone shall stay. Going online."

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    The bookstore and office-supplies store chain, however, has released a statement denying Balde's claim.

    "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," they said in a statement released on August 24.

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    The statement was shared by the bookstore's official social media accounts and on Xandra Ramos-Padilla's personal Facebook page. Ramos-Padilla is National Book Store's managing director.

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    Before the statement was released, Spot.ph, which had a screenshot of Balde's post, got in touch with the chain's senior marketing manager, Chad Dee. He response: "I can categorically deny that."

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    Here is National Book Store's full statement:

    "National Book Store strongly denies the social media post claiming 'NBS closing branches in expensive malls. Only stand-alone shall stay. Going online.'

    "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. In fact, the support given to us by our mall partners, especially Ayala, Robinsons, and SM, in whose malls most of our stores are located, has given us a chance to focus our energies in trying to overcome this crisis and continue to serve our customers and communities.

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    "While a small number of non-performing locations may be evaluated for closure or downsizing as part of our normal course of business, 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. We are strengthening our e-commerce platforms, www.nationalbookstore.com and our official stores on Shopee and Lazada, to make it easier for you to shop online. We are also developing new channels to enable you to shop safely and conveniently from home, including Text to Order via SMS or Viber and Chat to Shop on Facebook Messenger.

    "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. Thank you to all our mall partners, banks, suppliers and most significantly our loyal customers for your continuing support during this challenging time."

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    National Book Store, which was founded in 1942, is headquartered in Mandaluyong City. After 78 years, the institution now has over 200 branches nationwide, including a chain of specialty stores dedicated to art supplies called Art Bar.

    This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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