Eslite Closing Taitung Store, Exiting Market?|租約到期未投標 誠品恐撤出台東故事館


Eslite Taitung Story House, a cultural landmark of Taitung County, will reportedly close after 13 years with Eslite exiting the Taitung Market. Eslite did not submit a tender in a recent tenancy bid, which received zero tenders. The department says it will hold another bid and it hopes Eslite can stay.


The building that currently houses Eslite Taitung Story House is a historical site dating back to the period of Japanese occupation. After the Taitung Land Office moved in 1997, the county government turned the building into a cultural exhibition space. Eslite moved in in 2007 after winning a tenancy bid. With Eslite's lease set to expire, the county recently held a new tenancy bid but received zero tenders.

The deadline for the first bid has passed, and no one submitted a tender -- Eslite included.

Many local artists were surprised to hear Eslite is reportedly exiting the Taitung market.

It's unbelievable. I'm incredulous a city would let such a good bookstore like Eslite leave.

In the future, Taitung residents will no longer have a place like this where they can sit down and read a book.

Eslite's lease expires at the end of May. The next lease is for nine years and 10 months with total rent of over NT$3 million. Staff say they haven't heard anything about the store closing. The county government says it will continue negotiating with Eslite but is also preparing for the next bid.



台東故事館是日治時期的歷史建物,早年是台東地政事務所,1997年遷走後,縣府就將建物轉型為地方的文化展覽場域。2007年招租委外經營,並由誠品得標,以實體書店和展覽空間合併經營的模式,成功的成為台東縣的文化內涵指標。但現在傳出,因租約到期,縣府重新辦理委外招標,可是誠品卻沒來投標。

台東縣文化處長 鍾青柏表示:「第一次的決標日期截止,確實到截止日為止,是沒有任何人來投標,包括誠品在內。」

傳出誠品打算要撤出台東,讓地方藝文人士非常驚訝。

台東詩人 徐慶東表示:「晴天霹靂,不可思議的,當一個城市,讓一個這麼好的誠品書店撤離之後,我真的很難想像。」

民眾 彭先生表示:「可能台東人,之後可能就沒有地方,像這樣,可以坐在這邊看書。」

誠品台東故事館租約到5月底,新的租約訂9年10個月,租金3百多萬元,可是誠品卻沒意願投標,員工低調說沒聽說要關閉的消息,縣府也不願證實誠品要撤出,不過會積極和誠品溝通,繼續辦理招標。

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