Hi friends! Today I am here to talk about a household name in Kenya: Text Book Centre. I did a random survey amongst my friends and asked each of them to share a memory they have of TBC and the responses ranged from amusing to nostalgic. For a good number of us, the earliest memories we have of TBC involves a lot of back to school shopping while in primary school. The older we got, the more the memories shifted and became personalized. Here is one of mine.
Back in campo, my friend Faith and I would meet every Thursday afternoon and head to town. We were broke and with no idea of what exactly we were going to do in town, but the destination was not to be changed no matter what.
Once in town, we would end up seated aimlessly at Jeevanjee gardens, wondering what to do now that we were there. One day, Faith said to me, “Badala ya kuboeka hapa, si we go buy those notebooks we wanted?” In this era of our lives, we had an unhealthy obsession with notebooks (we still do to be honest). This sounded like a good idea and off we went in search of notebooks.
We checked all the nearby supermarkets but to our disappointment, no notebooks matched our standards. We ended up taking a walk to Text Book Centre, Kijabe Street, as it was the closest branch to town. The array of notebooks we found there was amazing. We bought a number of notebooks each and soon, this became our Thursday afternoon routine. The books were affordable and the variety was insane so we had reason to always go back.
TBC Thursdays became a thing with Faith and I. We would text each other every Thursday morning, “Form?” and the response would always be whichever Text Book Centre branch we wanted to visit that day. In our visits, we would browse and buy whatever we could afford at the moment. This created lifelong memories for us. We constantly wondered how life would be if TBC had a branch in the middle of the CBD. We couldn’t even imagine. TBC Thursdays could easily become TBC Daily! Often we would make insane statements like “If they ever open a branch in the CBD, nahamia huko.”
Fast forward to 2021 and TBC has come through for us. Not only are they opening a branch in a strategic part in the CBD, they’ve also prepared an epic launch for the introduction of this branch to Kenyans. It doesn’t matter that they already have nine other branches, TBC CBD is the one we’ve been waiting for! Back in the day, I associated TBC with school and textbooks, but with the tenth branch opening, the evolution of this bookshop is undeniable. Siku hizi, whatever you need you can find it at any of their branches. This includes novels, stationary, art supplies, electronics and so on. The best part is that the prices are constant no matter which branch you choose to shop in!
The fact that there is going to be such an accessible branch where I could pop in in the middle of my errands is enough reason for me to attend the launch. Everyone is planning to attend this launch. Usikose uchekwe – FOMO is real. TBC will be having amazing offers for all their products and this is the time for you and your wallet to shine! So badala ya kuboeka hapo, si you make the necessary arrangements because on 4th and 5th March 2021, form ni TBC CBD!
See you there!