City Landmark – H&M Takes Over New Book Depot and ED Galgotia & Sons Booksellers, Connaught Place
The new boss.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Hennes and Mauritz have moved into New Book Depot and ED Galgotia & Sons Booksellers.
On August 25 2016, the Swedish clothing multinational H&M opened its largest gleaming outlet in Delhi in that very white-washed corner of D-block in Connaught Place that used to house the aforementioned bookstores, both of which were tucked next to each other, and had shut down one after the other.
The New Book Depot, famous for its collection of Penguin classics, was started by a French couple in 1925. It shut shop in 2012. Its last owner, Rakesh Chandra, was famous for his fierce individuality. He occasionally got into tiffs with customers who showed “disrespect” to his books by turning the pages too violently. The Delhi Walla had written about him here.
The ED Galgotia & Sons Booksellers was opened by Bhagwat Dayal in 1933. It shut down in 2015. I had recorded its closing here.
Delhi’s first H&M had opened in 2015 in the expansive Select Citywalk mall. By entering the colonial-era district, the global chain gets entrenched in the heart of the capital and becomes truly local.
Now, then, now