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Kinokuniya Book Stores of America "has signed up for 4,000 square feet in Katy for its first store in the Houston market," the Chronicle reported. The bookstore will be part of NewQuest Properties' second phase of the Katy Grand retail center at the northeast corner of the Grand Parkway and the Katy Freeway. The new phase, on 6.4 acres, is adding two buildings totaling 36,000 square feet this fall.
Kinokuniya has three other Texas stores, two of which are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, in Carrollton and Plano. An Austin location is opening this year. With the addition of the Houston bookstore, Kinokuniya will be operating 13 stores in the U.S., all of which offer both Japanese- and English-language books as well as many other products. Founded in Tokyo in 1927, the company has nearly 100 stores worldwide.