Half Price Books set to open outlet store in Olympia

Staff writerOctober 16, 2013 

Half Price Books opens its first Olympia store Thursday in a 5,500-square-foot location in west Olympia that will sell books, movies, music and games.

The new store is at 1520 Cooper Point Road SW, in a shopping center that is home to Walgreens and International House of Pancakes.

That also puts it across the street from a Barnes & Noble bookstore.

In addition to being new in Olympia, the store is a relatively new concept for the Dallas, Texas-based business because it is an outlet store, one of four in the country.

Unlike its other stores, such as the Half Price Books in Tacoma, the Olympia store will not buy from customers, regional manager Anne Von Feldt said Wednesday, but it does sell everything for $10 or less, adding that the “vast majority of items are less than $5.”

Other features of the store, which has 20 employees — it attracted more than 150 applicants — is a section for children and a section for educational resources, Von Feldt said.

It will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.

Attempts to get reaction from local booksellers about the new Half Price Books were unsuccessful.

Owners of downtown booksellers Browser’s Books and Whodunit? Books declined to comment about the new store, while the owners of Orca Books in Olympia, Lassley’s Paperback Exchange in Lacey and Last Word Books in Olympia could not be reached.

Von Feldt said, too, that she’s not concerned about the Olympia store being so close to Barnes & Noble because they are used to operating near them in Bellevue.

“They refer customers to us, and we refer to them,” she said.

Including the Olympia outlet store, Half Price Books operates eight locations in the state, according to its website.

Rolf Boone rboone@theolympian.com 360-754-5403

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