After almost three decades, the owners of Quail Ridge Books & Music is looking to sell one of Raleigh’s best-known book stores.
Nancy and Jim Olson have owned the store for the last 28 years. They just announced that they are selling the store off of Raleigh’s Wade Avenue.
Quail Ridge Books is known for having author readings and carefully selected books.
Customer Rebecca Christian said she’s shocked at the news. “I’ve been coming to Quail Ridge since 1984," said Christian.
Owner Nancy Olson explain, “It’s been my life now for so many years, and it’s been so fulfilling. I’m at the point in my life where I want to have more time to read. I do read a lot but I want more time to read. I don’t want to have to manage so much.”
The independent book store has been a local fixture for 28 years and loyal customers say they don’t want the owners to go. Christian continued with, “I have a real emotional connection because they are so good at what they do.”
In the world of e-books and national book store chains, long time employee Sarah Goddin said that Quail Ridge has bucked the trend facing so many struggling independent stores around the country. “We really believe in bringing the author to the reader and we’ve been very fortunate to have nationally known authors as well as some fantastic local authors” Goddin explained.
Nancy Olson says her agent has received a lot of inquiries from potential buyers but she plans on being very selective about who she’ll pass the baton to. Olson is hoping to find a new owner who shares her passion for books and local ownership.
“I would like to find somebody who shares my philosophy with customer service and about quality books and being a real community business helping with the community so I hope I can be picky,” she said.
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