Ukraine’s biggest book chain announced the plan to expand to 100 stores by 2024


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Despite the daily Russian bombardments of civil infrastructure and residential areas, Bookstore Ye (Knyharnia Ye), Ukraine’s largest book chain with 57 current stores, plans to expand to 100 stores by 2024, as reported by Forbes Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Book institute, there are 461 bookstores in Ukraine as of Feb. 28th, 2024. 


Over the last year, Bookstore Ye saw its revenue double, reaching 823.3 million UAH (almost $21 million) across both offline and online stores, according to YouControl data. As reported earlier, in 2023, the book chain opened 22 new stores in different regions of Ukraine. 


Larysa Huzhvynsk, Director of Strategic Development at Bookstore Ye, attributed this growth opportunity to the ban on book imports from Russia and Belarus in 2023 as well as the shift in reading habits.


As for today, Bookstore Ye operates in various formats, including offline bookstores with or without presentation spaces, as well as online sales. However, it has never combined bookstore and cafe formats.


In addition to offering books in Ukrainian, Bookstore Ye provides 1000 titles in English and plans to double this number by the end of this year. 


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Cover image: Bookstore Ye