One of the city’s most beloved bookstores will return to its original location. In June this year, Full Circle Book Store announced the closure of its Khan Market outlet due to rising bills and falling revenues. But now, with Café Turtle, the store plans to start the new year with new news.
“Initially, we didn’t want to move, but we had to do so given the circumstances. Locals and various owners of Khan Market approached us about coming back. Khan Market’s two associations — Traders’ and Welfare — have been very helpful. And even if we don’t return to the same place, we hope to recreate our signature look with the blue and green theme, wooden floors and a balcony. We will have the cafe on the second floor and hope that outdoor seating will be allowed,” says its manager Priyanka Malhotra. The new bookstore would be at store number 24, right next to its original store number 23.
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Strict adherence to SOPs and safety protocols is a priority and they provide sanitization as done at their other outlets. “We will install a foot-operated disinfectant at the door and do thermal analyses. We will only allow people in groups of four and will ensure that six foot distancing is practiced. The coffee tables will be disinfected after each order, and the bookstore will be disinfected every hour. We will keep a log of everyone who comes in so that we have a record. It would be mandatory to wear masks, ”she explains.
She promises there will also be new additions to the cafe, so customers can grab their meals on the go. “We will be opening an expanded food pantry with the cafe that will offer artisan products like preserves, natural juices, wholemeal breads and pizza bases. Our hummus and pestos were very popular with guests, so we’re going to bottle them for takeout,” she shares.
The physicality of browsing shelves, getting personalized recommendations, and settling into a corner to read drives bibliophiles to venture into bookstores. “Even though we were delivering books from our other outlet, we realized that people were choosing to show up. There is an increased awareness of supporting local businesses,” she says.
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At the launch, which will take place in January next year, they plan to offer offers. “We need about 4 to 5 weeks to be operational. We will offer gift certificates, baskets of books and coffees, and of course, there is our loyalty program,” she concludes.
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