Family Bookshop Closing Down

Posted by Mark

Family Bookshop in Salmiya is sadly closing down for good. I previously posted that they had a court case against the owner of the building but it looks like they lost because they currently have a closing down clearance.

It’s worth passing by the store one final time as a farewell to what used to be one of the best bookshops in Kuwait. Bit by bit what’s left of our childhood is being eroded away which is depressing.

On a similar note Waleed toy store which is located in the same strip is also closing down. Like Family Bookshop, Waleed toy store has been there for over 30 years.


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  1. i Tango says:

    Virgin @ Marina have cleared all their books department by today / All the Classics are also gone. I am wondering if Family Bookshop sells any Classics!

  2. Danderma says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!
    They are not relocating? They are closing down for good!?
    That sucks! An entire strip of shops that are now gone for good! Where are the days of shopping in 3alamiya and Waleed, getting a fakhfakheena then ending with Family Bookshop :’(

    I feel that our childhood is now officially extinct!

  3. Patrick says:

    I remember buying PS1 games from Waleed, it was the shiz.

  4. N19 says:

    sad sad sad!
    Used to get my comics and pokemon cards from there!

  5. Proud Kuwaiti says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but was’nt the whole old Salmiya strip sold to Saud Sahood, whose turning it into a mega project, as claimed? Let me guess! A mall?

  6. Jacqui says:

    That’s so sad! I remember spending many weekends there grabbing the latest Babysitter Books and R.L. Stine stories!

  7. MousePotato says:

    Well I’m still 15 & I actually felt sad when Chicken Tikka closed down overthere. I used to visit that place everyday when I was small. Sigh :(

  8. Chris says:

    damn, should have visited Waleed and Family Bookshop :/ guess its childhood places gone without last farewell visit from me

  9. aaa says:

    It’s sad but bookstores and music stores are all digital now. I guess it saves trees :P

    • Ali Bader says:

      It not about digital or paper it about childhood memories spending time looking for books or looking for past IGCSE past papers. Its been four years since ive been there i have to pass by if anything left of it.

  10. 7amood says:

    nothing beats being an 80′s child.. I hate how in kuwait there is no consideration for history.

    places such as mbarakiya.. old salmya.. youm il ba7ar should never be changed..

  11. Ahmad says:

    7arraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam :(


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