Carrie Rengers

Half Price Books new-and-used book store coming to Wichita this fall

A Half Price Books store similar to this one in Texas is going to open in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road this fall.
A Half Price Books store similar to this one in Texas is going to open in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road this fall. Courtesy photo

The OfficeMax store at Eastgate Plaza is reconfiguring its 26,800 square feet in the development at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Rock Road.

When it’s done, the chain will have about 17,000 square feet, which leaves about 10,000 square feet for a new Half Price Books in the center.

“We are a new-and-used book store chain,” spokeswoman Emily Bruce says of the Dallas-based business.

In addition to selling its own books, the store will buy books from customers.

“We will make an offer on anything they bring in,” Bruce says.

“We have music and movies, too,” she says. “Kind of our motto is, ‘We buy everything printed or recorded except yesterday’s newspaper.’ 

The store pays customers in cash, not store credit, though Bruce says it’s great if the store’s sellers turn into buyers, too.

“We love it if people do that.”

Bruce says Half Price Books sells bestsellers at 20 percent off and brings in remainders, too.

For used books, she says it depends what kinds of books local sellers bring in.

The chain started in 1972.

“We are family owned,” Bruce says.

She says the CEO is the daughter of one of the founders.

There are 124 stores in 17 states.

There are Half Price Books in Overland Park and Olathe already, but this will be the first one in Wichita.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Half Price Books should open this fall. There’s not a set opening date yet.

For now, Bruce says there’s only one store planned here.

“But you never know what may happen in the future.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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