The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 16, 2014

Books-A-Million store to open Aug. 14 at Cranberry Creek shopping center

It may seem like a dream to book lovers, but an honest-to-goodness, brick-and-mortar bookstore is coming to Beckley.

Books-A-Million, a chain with more than 250 stores, is set to open Aug. 14 in Cranberry Creek.

A local woman, Anne-Marie Johnson, will serve as general manager of the bookstore, which will sell books, magazines, chocolates, some toys and other novelty items, according to www.booksamillion.com.

But, mainly, Books-A-Million will peddle books — bestsellers, mysteries, romances, textbooks, faith and inspiration, cookbooks, weaponry, young adults, true crimes, music, travel guides — and will fill a niche left vacant when Waldenbooks in Crossroads Mall closed several years ago.

Johnson, who also managed Waldenbooks, said she’s excited at the prospect of offering titles to area bookworms, who can touch and even inhale the scent of new books as they browse and shop.

“It’s going to be great for this area,” said Johnson.

Books-A-Million also sells books online and e-books, and was named to both the 2013 and 2014 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll, a comprehensive evaluation of a site’s consumer protection, security and privacy.

The corporation also placed in the top 10 of the list of the Top 500 Internet Retailers this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Construction started Monday in the old Hibbetts Sports location between Pet Supplies Plus and Rue 21.

Johnson said a grand opening is planned for Aug. 21.

The bookstore won’t feature a coffee bar but is a short drive or walk from the Starbucks in nearby Galleria Plaza.

Job seekers may apply for an estimated 10 positions at www.booksamillion.com under “Career Opportunities.”

In related news, construction on an Ulta salon and cosmetic store is under way at the old Fashion Bug location in Beckley.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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