Bookstore Expands to New Location
Roanoke Valley’s only independent bookstore, Book No Further, will relocate to a larger store in March to better serve western Virginia residents and visitors to Roanoke. The new location is at 112 Market St. SE Roanoke. The move comes after operating at 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue since October 2017.
The new 1,200-square-foot location will enable the store to increase inventory, add book- and reading-related merchandise and hold author signings, writing classes and book club meetings in the store. An expanded children's area will include space for reading and activities.
Store manager Doloris Vest describes the area as “literary rich.” “We have dozens of nationally published local authors writing fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s books.” The success of the authors such as Beth Macy, whose look at the opioid crisis, Dopesick, spent five weeks on the New York Times best seller list, has increased interest in stories about the region. Vest added a recent study from the Pew Institute shows more than 75 percent of Americans have a read at least one book in the past year and that there is an increase in reading among millennials. “Three times as many people read print books as e-books and fewer still listen to audio books,” she said.”
Company CFO Craig Coker says the current location has allowed the company to establish the valley’s support for an independent bookstore. “This move will allow us more growth in an industry that is resurging.” Sales at independent bookstores were up 5 percent in 2018 over the previous year and the number of independent bookstores is up more than 40 percent since 2009.
The store will close at 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue at the end of February and reopen on the city market March 5. Book No Further is the only independent bookstore to carry new books i the New River and Roanoke Valleys and features books about Western Virginia and books by area authors.