Kinokuniya Book Stores of America, which has 10 stores in the U.S., is opening two more locations, both in the Dallas, Tex., area. The stores will be in Carrollton and Plano and open in January and February, respectively.
The store in Carrollton will serve as Kinokuniya USA's Texas flagship store, focusing on not only Japanese but also on the fusion of Asian and American pop culture. The store will carry a wide selection of Japanese-language and English-language books ranging from manga to art to fashion and more. The ratio of Japanese-language to English-language titles will be about 3 to 7.
The store in Plano, which is home to many corporate headquarters, will be in the Mitsuwa Marketplace, with other major Japanese companies. The Plano branch will offer the most up-to-date Japanese new releases and bestsellers. The ratio of Japanese-language to English-language titles will be about 7 to 3.
Both stores will also carry a wide variety of stationery and other merchandise from both Japan and the U.S., including Kinokuniya exclusive collaboration items with popular Japanese brands.
Kinokuniya is one of the largest bookstore chains in Japan and has nearly 30 stores abroad, in Southeast Asia, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Kinokuniya USA opened its first U.S. store in San Francisco in 1969; its flagship is in New York City.