Polish bookstore chain files bankruptcy after 70 years on market

Dom Książki, or the BookBook chain, which was to be a serious competition for Empik, filed for bankruptcy. This is another bookstore chain that has discontinued on the Polish market.

Today, Dom Książki is a chain of small BookBook stores. At the peak moment, there were about a hundred of them, including in the famous former Czytelnik at 14 Wiejska Street.

After ’89, the company began to fall apart, and employee and regional companies were established from its assets. Usually working with moderate success. The Book House in its present shape was established in 2015.

The company bought the Gdańsk Book House, Białystok Book House, Lublin Book House and the remains of the Małopolska Book House, and added its own bookstores. Six publishers entered the company. In 2016, the name was changed to Book Book to compete with Empik, and then … the network shared the fate of its predecessors.

Bankruptcy petition:
According to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, at the end of December the Dom Książki company, which owns BookBook bookstores, filed for bankruptcy with the Warsaw district court. The court dealt with the case in January.

“The financial problems of Przedsiębiorstwo Dom Książki started in 2019. At the beginning of 2020, a restructuring procedure was opened, but its opening coincided with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced further restructuring – argues Marcin Sorys in an interview with Wyborcza.biz, board member of the owner of the BookBook brand.
This is not the first failure in the book business in Poland. Matras collapsed in 2018, despite having 180 bookstores nationwide. “GW” emphasizes that currently there are only two networks on the market: Empik and Świat Książki.


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