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Wonder Book & Video to move

November 30, 1999|By CANDICE BOSELY

candiceb@herald-mail.com

It's easy to get lost in Wonder Book & Video ? not lost physically, but lost in thought amid the hundreds of thousands of used books that line the store's tall shelves.

This spring, even more books will be available when the store moves from its location along Massey Boulevard near Kmart.

The store is moving to the former CVS Pharmacy on Dual Highway, in a shopping center that is best known as the former site of Ames.

The new site is 30 percent larger than the existing store, Wonder Book & Video owner Chuck Roberts said.

Roberts said he does not know exactly when the move will happen this spring, but said neither book sale service nor DVD rental service will be interrupted.

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Reduced prices will continue until the move. Currently, used CDs are half-price and 20 percent is taken off all book sales.

"Every book we sell is one less book we have to move," Roberts said.

Until the new space is ready, the existing store will stay open. Once the new store is ready, books will be loaded onto carts with wheels, placed on a truck and then reshelved, in order, in the new store.

All existing services will continue in the new location, and Roberts said he is pondering offering coffee. More "comfort areas" with seating will be available and the store's hours ? 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily ? will stay the same.

He estimated the current store has around 400,000 used books in stock, with prices starting at less than $1.

Many books are purchased from customers. Wonder Book also obtains books from libraries, schools and other institutions; from auctions; from estate sales; and from publishers.

Books from publishers include overstocks, which sometimes are called remainder books, and "hurt" books that might be only slightly damaged.

The store opened in August 1994 and is managed by Fawnia Souders, who started working there as a teenager.

"I started when I was 17 and I've been here ever since," she said.

Working at the store can have one drawback ? employees are given the first option to purchase books.

"We spend too much money here," Souders said.

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