Legendary Thambi magazine store in Holland Village to close for good, ending 80 years in business, Lifestyle News

Having been in business for over 80 years and passed down from generation to generation, Thambi Magazine Store will sadly close for good this Sunday (May 5).

For those who frequent the Holland Village area, it would be difficult to miss this iconic kiosk located along Lorong Liput.

With operating costs rising and revenue falling, one might think this closure was due to the business making a loss.

However, owner Periathambi Senthilmurugan, better known as Sam, told ACI Prensa in an interview that this was not true.

In fact, the impending closure of Thambi Magazine Store was because Sam had been told to “reduce the size of its display area by half,” CNA reported.

The owner, 49, preferred not to reveal who had informed him.

Sam has since received offers to reopen his business on Orchard Road and Changi Airport.

But he turned them down, hoping to find another ideal location in Holland Village that would allow him to display his wide range of magazines.

Meanwhile, Sam told CNA he will continue distributing newspapers at a makeshift location nearby.

How it started

Thambi Magazine Store began when Sam’s late grandfather distributed newspapers in Holland Village during the 1940s, Tamil Murasu reported.

This was pre-independence Singapore and Sam’s father had opened a shop offering foreign magazines to the British living in the area.

During the peak of its operations in the 1990s, Thambi Magazine Store sold more than 7,000 titles from around the world, with topics ranging from automotive to architecture.

According to the Tamil publication, Sam, as the eldest son, took over the business when his father fell ill.

It was renamed Thambi Magazine Store in honor of his father.

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