74 King Street, Kingston
Tel: (876) 922-7016 / (876) 922-7312
Fax: (876) 922-0127
THE KINGSTON BOOKSHOP continues to live up to its tag line ….all you need to know. For more than three decades this company has been providing Caribbean peoples in general, and Jamaicans in particular, with basic requirements for an education – books, stationery and more recently, access to the wider world through the internet.
The company serves its Jamaican clientele through seven retail stores and a Stationery Centre. Six of the seven stores and the Stationery Centre are located in Kingston; the seventh store was opened in Spanish Town in June 2005, breaking the 30-year corporate area monopoly. While the company enjoys the privileged position of being the leading suppliers of educational textbooks in the Caribbean, the flagship store located at 70b King Street holds primary place as the store selling most school texts in the region.
Although the Kingston Bookshop chain is best known as “the place for school texts” (and we are #1 there!) the stores also stock a wide variety of other reading materials, stationery items and unique gifts. Since 2002 the offerings have expanded to include internet services as well as laminating and binding facilities.
Management of the Kingston Bookshop had for years been concerned about customer comfort at the 70b Store, particularly during the peak Back-to-school season. This gave birth to the idea of another downtown store that would ease the burden from 70b and provide valuable clientele with the customer-friendly, comfortable shopping experience to which they had become accustomed. So, when premises became available at 74 King Street the purchase was made and the building was refurbished to accommodate a store and the Corporate Offices of the company. 74 opened its doors in 1998.