Chapters Indigo Canada Bookstore
Indigo Books & Music Inc., a 100% Canadian company,
is committed to providing a service-driven, stress-free
approach to pleasing and satisfying the booklover.
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Indigo was created in 1996 by and for booklovers, and
merged with Chapters Inc. in August 2001 to become
Canada’s largest books retail chain. Indigo Books
& Music Inc. is committed to being your most
complete and trusted resource for books, music, gifts
and much more.
We said in the very beginning that we wanted to create a
true booklovers' haven -- a place to discover books,
music and more that might, in the rush of life, have
gone undiscovered. A place that reflects the best of a
small proprietor-run shop bundled with the selection of
a true emporium.
Books & Music Inc. was created in 1996, and we
opened our first store, called Indigo Books Music &
more, in Burlington, Ontario on September 4, 1997. By
2000, the chain had expanded to 14 locations across
Canada. Indigo was the first book retail chain to add
music, gifts and licensed cafes to their distinctive
store locations, making shopping a real social event, a
leisurely experience that could comfortably and
enjoyably stretch over hours.
Chapters Inc. was formed following the merger of Coles
and SmithBooks, then Canada’s two largest bookstore
chains. In 1994, Canadian General Capital and Pathfinder
Capital purchased SmithBooks from Federal Industries,
and later that year acquired Coles from Southam Inc. The
strategy was to build a strong base company and use its
financial strength to invest in the development of large
format book superstores.