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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

2nd & Charles to open at Books-A-Million old location

When the Books-A-Million on 13th Street closed in August, book-lovers considered it a tragedy.

But now, a new kind of bookstore will take its place.

The new store, 2nd & Charles, opens Friday for Homecoming weekend, said Marketing Director Melanie Smith. It is a subdivision of Books-A-Million and will offer not only used books, but also music on CD and vinyl, comics, video games and more.

"We’re calling it nerd-vana," she said. "We’re really excited to be able to offer this kind of fun in a store where you can sell us your stuff and come out with a brand new passion, like a desire to collect vinyl or an interest in classic books. There’s something for everyone."

Smith said it is a buy-sell-trade concept that allows customers to get rid of old items in exchange for either cash, store credit or new items. Customers can also come to the store simply to add a vintage book to their collection or try out a new video game at the store’s Nintendo gaming lounge.

2nd & Charles will have its grand opening in Gainesville on Nov. 14. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be face painting, story time and Star Wars characters in costume. The store will also have a giveaway with a $500 shopping spree and five $100 gift cards.

There will be a Nintendo tournament from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

District Manager Barry Wolberg would not disclose the exact amount of the renovation, but he said the store’s cafe was remodeled into the buy-back area. The store also received a paint job, new carpeting, bathrooms and light fixtures, he said.

Andrew Briz, a UF telecommunication sophomore, said although he is into gaming, he probably won’t be very drawn to the store.

"I am into video games, and that’s probably the only thing I’ve engaged in as far as the whole trading atmosphere goes," the 19-year-old said. "Consignment shops are not exactly things that draw me personally, but they’re big among my peers and other college students so I can see how something like this will be successful."

Contact Brooke Baitinger at and follow her on Twitter @baitingerbrooke

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