STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) – It has been months since many businesses were urged to leave Staunton Mall when it became a new owner at the end of 2020, and some businesses are still moving into their new stores.
Know Knew Books has been around for two years and was located outside the mall building next to JCPenney. When co-owner Matthew Shiflett received a letter asking him to leave his store, including two other stores they used as a warehouse, he said he was unsure of what to do.
But luckily, a few blocks away, Shiflett and his business partner Bill Burruss found a new space at 1104 Greenville Avenue. The space was once the old Goodwill store, but now houses over 100,000 second-hand books ready for pickup.
“It’s been wonderful, definitely a load on our shoulders,” said Shiflett. “I hope we can stay here for many years to come.”
Burruss says it took a while to settle down. They are still waiting to put a sign in front, but with the help of the community, they were able to move everything out of the mall.
“We posted on the internet that we needed help, the next morning when we walked in there were 20 people waiting to help us with the move,” Burruss said. “This is how wonderful the community is, they have totally supported us and they still support us.”
Burruss says they have also seen more customers come in since they also moved.
“People that didn’t know us there, I don’t know if it’s because of the red light and they have to kind of stop and see us or what, but it worked really well,” said Burruss laughing.
The increase in space allowed the bookstore to function in one building instead of several.
Shiflett says it has helped develop the items they sell to customers, from comics and DVDs to classic video games, discs and geodes.
“If you’re not a reader, we’ve got a lot of random stuff here that you should come check out,” Shiflett said.
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