Carrie Rengers

Half Price Books to begin buying merchandise from the public next week

The new Half Price Books opens at Eastgate Plaza next month, but the chain will start buying books from the public next week.

“We won’t be selling anything, but we will be buying starting the 8th,” says store manager Kristal LeMaistre.

The store will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept merchandise. It’ll also have some merchandise from some of its sister stores to get started.

The chain, which has 125 stores in 17 states, sells new and used books, movies, electronics, video games and music.

“We buy and sell everything printed or recorded except for yesterday’s newspaper,” LeMaistre says.

“We really try to do it all,” she says. “Most of what we do is books.”

Most everything in the store is sold at least half off of current list prices.

Some collectible items, such as first editions or books that are out of print, may sell at higher amounts.

Half Price Books will open on Nov. 5 and have a “great opening” party from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15.

As Have You Heard? reported in January, 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 Half Price Books.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Customers who have items to sell to Half Price Books will be paid cash. The store isn’t a consignment business.

“We will buy everything,” LeMaistre says. “We make a cash offer on everything brought in based on how well we can resell it.”

She says Wichitans have shown a lot of interest in the Half Price Books stores in Kansas City and Oklahoma City, which is part of why the Texas-based chain decided to come here.

“We are super excited to join the Wichita book community.”

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