Friday, July 22, 2011
Yesterday's post put me in mind of legendary bookstores that are no more. I assure you I've been to plenty of them. This week it was announced that the original Books and Company in Dayton, who put the "leg" in legend, at least in the 1980s, was converting to Books a Million's second-hand prototype, 2nd and Charles. This growing chain plays pretty close to the Half Price Books model. It turns out that there is already a Half Price in Beavercreek, home of the other Books and Company store in that metro area. More in the Dayton Daily News.
I visited the Books and Company store in 1992, shortly before they sold to Books a Million. I remember the year because the trip was in conjunction with a visit to Columbus's Ameriflora exhibition. It was one of those stores that was large, enthusiastic, and bustling with events. You have to figure it was one of the role models for the rollout of the big box stores of the time.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 2:19 PM