Today, I was startled when a mail carrier dropped a package off on my desk. I wasn’t expecting anything, so I wondered what it could be.
Inside was a press kit with some more details about the coming Springettsbury Township Books-A-Million store – which the company refers to as “BAM!” – as well as a sampling of their products.
As journalists, we cannot accept any gifts from sources/companies, etc. We don’t want to blur the line between customer and reporter. But that doesn’t mean we just throw things away. Here at the Daily Record, all the items are stowed away until a substantial number accumulates and then we auction them off, with all proceeds going to charity.
So after storing away the BAM! products, I got down to reading the informational materials enclosed in the press kit and found some interesting information about the book chain and its coming store:
- The Springettsbury Township store will indeed open in mid-November, with a “grand opening” celebration to follow about a week afterward.
- The company is confident that even though Borders failed in the location, it can succeed, saying, “We can’t control things like the economy and we certainly can’t make predictions about it … What we can control is to provide a fantastic selection of books, magazines, tech products, learning materials and other products.”
- Store hours have not been determined yet.
- After the bankruptcy of Borders, Books-A-Million purchased 41 stores in 18 states. That amounts to 700 employees to man the stores. Other new Pa. locations include: Butler, Hanover, Harrisburg, Monaca, Pennsdale, Scranton and Selinsgrove.