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The business of owning a bookstore is a timeless one; it centers on the continual building and expansion of a diverse library of books, as well as the marketing and sale of these books to a vast audience of consumers. In today’s world, it also often entails the management and sale of other products to keep customers coming back for more, such as in-house coffee or novelty goods. Likewise, this business also includes extensive research to keep up with both consumer demand as well as up-and-coming texts and authors to help your business stay ahead of market trends. Lastly, operating a bookstore encompasses the recruiting and management of staff with the right attitude to serve your customers effectively.

In spite of the rapid growth of the eBook trade, independent bookstores in the U.S. are experiencing tremendous success; there are currently over 1,835 independent book selling businesses throughout the country, with some operating in multiple locations. This success can be attributed in part to the closure of some large bookstore chains, such as Borders, during the initial rise of Amazon; without competition from these industry giants, the floor has been opened to accommodate more independent sellers. In the face of the Amazon boom, many consumers chose to support local bookstores as a way of staying connected to traditional reading.

One of the most important aspects to keep in mind before you buy a bookstore is location. Some areas read more than others, or have varying levels of demand for different genres of text; thus, it is crucial to analyze potential locations and assess your target demographic to ensure that you have the right type of product for sale. One of the most helpful actions you can take is to join a community of fellow booksellers, such as the American Booksellers Association—doing so can connect you to other business owners and resources to start your company and stay ahead of trends and consumer demands.


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Christian Bookstore in Fantastic LocationVery Loyal Customer Base
$126,000Cash Flow: $46,489Seller Financing
Christian Bookstore in Fantastic LocationVery Loyal Customer Base

Wilson County, NC

Well established profitable Christian bookstore. This business has been showing steady revenue growth over the past three years, and still has the capability to push the needle even higher. This bookstore is located on a high traffic street, with fantastic visibility and accessibility.

6Book Store For SaleRare & Out-of-Print Retail Book Store
$50,000
Book Store For SaleRare & Out-of-Print Retail Book Store

Nevada City, CA

Long established and well known book shop dealing in high quality out-of-print, rare & antiquarian books. Turn key operation, includes Brigadoon Books dba Toad Hall Book Shop and the Original Cannibal Bookshop. Sale also includes books, fixtures & unique & interesting decor, including a wonderful collection of book related photographs & collectibles, plus 5 locked display cabinets & a 4 tier glass shelved island. Back-up stock, reference books, assorted decorations & display items also go with the sale. A small refrigerator & microwave, plus other furnishings also are included. Computer & other personal items are not in the sale. We are fortunate to have the best landlord, along with one of the best lease rents in Nevada City. New lease negotiated at change of ownership. Co-owner is 80 years old with C.O.P.D. & other chronic health issues, & after over 30 years in the trade, owners want to do some traveling while they are still able. $50,000.00. Contact Gary: Phone (shop) 530-264-7183 or (home) 530-477-8921, or write to Toad Hall Book Shop, 108 North Pine Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.

6Car Lot, Body Shop, Repair Shop- Inventory & Book of Business IncludedCar Lot, Body Shop, Repair Shop- Inventory & Book of Business Included
$299,900
Car Lot, Body Shop, Repair Shop- Inventory & Book of Business IncludedCar Lot, Body Shop, Repair Shop- Inventory & Book of Business Included

Tyler, TX

Fantastic business opportunity on Greenbriar rd. Cash flow positive auto sale and body shop. Sale conveys current car inventory on lot,book of business, two wrecking trucks, and two 33x60 insulated metal buildings. Building one serves as repair shop and conveys a hydraulic lift. Building 2 serves as paint and body shop and comes with a functioning paint booth. Property has a 1572 sq foot office onsite complete with kitchen and two restrooms. The other side of building could be leased out as an additional office space.

Home based online book businessEasy home based business, could run part time
$62,500Cash Flow: $8,125
Home based online book businessEasy home based business, could run part time

Londonderry, NH

Collectables-252 is an Amazon on line business Home based book business founded in 2012. We have currently 11,025 active books in inventory included in the sale. Inventory value listed is $217,369, exported list as of today direct from Amazon. We currently do seller fulfillment (orders come in on line and you package and ship them.) You could choose to do the same, have Amazon fulfill your orders, open a book shop, or just add to your inventory. Simple to transfer the inventory by taking our exported list and importing it into your system. This means there is an extremely short time frame to get up and running and selling within hours or days. This is an easy home-based business for someone or a family that wants to collect books, post them, and fulfill orders typically every 2-3 days if on Amazon. We invest 5-7 hours per week in it to fulfill orders plus additional hours for posting new inventory. Included as part of our costs is $39.99 per month for Amazon's professional selling fees monthly. In addition to inventory, sale will include all padded envelopes for shipping – ongoing inventory is usually hovering around $300. Printer will be included in sale to print orders. Shelving has not been included in the sales price. Support and training included to support a 2 week transition. The inventory and business can move anywhere, shipping/transportation is not included.

4Rare & Out of Print Retail Book BusinessAbracadabra Books
$350,000Cash Flow: $115,000
Rare & Out of Print Retail Book BusinessAbracadabra Books

Denver, CO

Internationally well known Rare, Scarce and Out-of-Print Book business for sale. Included in the sale are approximately 36,500 Rare Scarce and OP books, along with the name, for a small fraction of the value of the stock. Founded in 1977, Abracadabra Bookshop has been selling books for 44 years in shop and online. This is a fun business for those that enjoy books and dealing with people who also love books. The price includes approximately $1,400,000 worth of stock, plus shelving and the company name. This can easily be moved anywhere in the country. We can arrange packing and would encourage an interested buyer to visit and discuss the options. One interesting note is that during the pandemic, our online sales increased significantly!

Christian Book & Gift StoreFamily Owned & Dedicated to the Community!
$399,900Cash Flow: $103,000
Christian Book & Gift StoreFamily Owned & Dedicated to the Community!

NM

Store specializes in Christian and religious books, study guides, bibles, gifts inspirational artwork apparel, and much more. The beautiful 7,500 sq. ft. bookstore is in a high-traffic location with excellent street visibility. The bookstore is family owned and operated and has been since it opened in 1986. The bookstore serves the community by helping people grow in their faith, as well as outreach programs in the prison system. The right buyer would have at least 2-5 years of retail management experience. A perfect buyer might be a husband/wife team or parent/child team where one has retail experience while the other understands marketing, social media and online sales to grow and expand the customer base. Owners are ready to retire, and looking to sell the bookstore to someone who is interested in carrying on the mission and community outreach.

6Successful Coffee Shop & BookstoreLive your dream
$150,000
Successful Coffee Shop & BookstoreLive your dream

Yreka, CA

Customers love this well established coffee shop and bookstore. Travelers plan their trips around stopping for a break in this charming shop. We offer high quality, locally roasted, organic coffee which accounts for about 30% of gross sales. Every morning we display fresh baked organic treats from our in house kitchen, as well as pre-made deli items that are conveniently packaged for a fast snack or meal. The high quality food represents about 30-40% of gross sales. Used books and locally sourced gift items bring in the final percentage of sales. The character and charm of the shop along with exceptional customer service are just a couple of its most valuable assets.

Highly Profitable Internet Book Store For SaleMoney Maker!
$3,900,000Cash Flow: $1,400,000
Highly Profitable Internet Book Store For SaleMoney Maker!

US

This book seller concentrates on university level text books, but has a diverse selection of grade levels and categories. Current annual sales exceed $8M, net profits average $600K a year and discretionary cash flow averages $1.4M annually. This lucrative book seller has been in business since 2010 with the same management running things. That management has political asperations and has decided this is the time to pursue those dreams, so they have chosen to sell. This is a true cash generating business and won't be available for long. Serious inquiries only, please.

Online Textbook Buyback ServiceProprietary mobile app and tremendous growth opportunities
$395,000Cash Flow: $131,317Seller Financing
Online Textbook Buyback ServiceProprietary mobile app and tremendous growth opportunities

TX

This business utilizes proprietary technology to purchase used college textbooks on multiple university campuses. The idea was developed to try and mitigate one of the major “pain points” most college students endured every semester – the buying and selling of their textbooks. The business offers students an alternative to the campus bookstore, saving them time, money and most importantly, hassle and frustration. The system is easy to use via the business’s proprietary mobile app, allowing students to get a purchase quote and schedule an appointment within hours on campus with a buyback representative who will pay them cash for their books on the spot. To receive more information on this listing, including financial statements, please complete our online non-disclosure agreement at https://sigmamergers.com/nda.

Profitable Longstanding Bookstore in Prime LocationLifestyle Business Generating $135K in Cash Flow!
$195,000Cash Flow: $135,000
Profitable Longstanding Bookstore in Prime LocationLifestyle Business Generating $135K in Cash Flow!

Norwich, VT

This well-established bookstore is situated at the heart of one of New England’s most affluent communities. Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, the business has excelled in customer service and product offerings, resulting in a loyal and active customer base.

Book Store & Gift Boutique Near YosemiteVery Popular Book Store & Gift Boutique Near Yosemite National Park
$99,000Cash Flow: $40,000Seller Financing
Book Store & Gift Boutique Near YosemiteVery Popular Book Store & Gift Boutique Near Yosemite National Park

Oakhurst, CA

PRICE JUST REDUCED FOR AN IMMEDIATE SALE!! This is your opportunity to acquire a very well established and very popular local bookstore and gift shop, located just 14 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park! Over 4 million visitors pass through Oakhurst every year, and this upscale book and gift boutique is a favorite stop for many who return, year after year, to see what is new and unique at this 1,550 square foot, very popular store. This highly visible business is ideally located in the Regional Shopping Center that is anchored by Vons and several other major retailers. There are no other bookstores within 50 miles!! This is the ideal opportunity for a family that would like to live, work and play in one of the most beautiful locations in America! This business is priced below fair market value, and includes $65,000 worth of quality inventory (at wholesale cost) and a full complement of modern furniture, fixtures and equipment. Absolutely no retail experience is necessary to acquire and grow this very exciting business, as the current owner will provide full operational training, and introduce the new owner to the community. The current owner is so confident in the continued success of this store, she will carry back up to $25,000 for a qualified buyer! UPDATE - AUGUST 9TH: TODAY THIS BUSINESS WAS NAMED "BUSINESS OF THE YEAR" BY THE OAKHURST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. FURTHER PROOF THAT THIS TRULY IS AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY!! For full information on this unique opportunity, contact Orville Wright at 559-721-6999.

A Fortune in Treasure-Literally-at this Comic Book StoreLiterally-at this Comic Book Store
$374,000
A Fortune in Treasure-Literally-at this Comic Book StoreLiterally-at this Comic Book Store

Woodland Hills, CA

Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) available upon receipt of our short online NDA - visit here: http://www.pronovapartners.com/engagement/comics-in-woodland-hills-ca/ Well-established comic book and record store in the Los Angeles Valley operates daily from noon to 7 p.m. with shorter weekend hours. Seller has made this store his vehicle to a hard-earned retirement, investing all profits year after year into acquiring a more inclusive and diverse inventory every year. Seller is old-school; no email, no cell phone, no point of sale, QuickBooks, or inventory management system, just 30 years of small business ownership experience, stellar haggling skills, and a fine eye for buying and selling all kinds of pop culture paraphernalia. The store is packed to the gills with comics, DVD's, CD's, records, movie posters, collectibles, back-issue magazines, movie cells, baseball cards, Star Wars gear and other hidden treasures that need to be seen to be believed and appreciated. NDA is required {LINK ABOVE} to secure comprehensive Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) crafted by ProNova Partners.

Bookstore
$7,500
Bookstore

Phoenix, AZ

Youth focused bookstore. Well trained employees in place. Current financials based on absentee owner. Value add opportunity if owner wants to work at the store.

Custom Picture Framing & More
$124,500
Custom Picture Framing & More

Saint Joseph County, MI

If you like to work with your hands, have a varied interest in all unique and worldly things including art, and enjoy working with people, this custom frame shop can enrich your life. This offer contains everything, that has been well maintained, you need to start up today. Some of the items Included in the sale price are a large wood and aluminum moudling inventory, and many extra supplies that are used or needed to property frame whatever walks through the door. Some of the equipment includes a wall mount mat, glass, foamcor and plexi cutter, 1 large table mat cutter plus one smaller mat cutter, 1 large workspace with storage, plus 1 extra large work space with storage for those huge money making projects. Two additional very large flat file storage cabinets to house artwork plus showroom framed art pieces, four large matboard storage cabinets filled with organized conservation quality matboards. Additional Equipment includes, a V-nailer, a mitre saw specifically built for framing, (an older drymount press size 40 x 60), Larger air compressor and lines, nail guns and staplers and other smaller items. All equipment is well maintained. All cabinetry has been custom built specifically designed for framing. There are about 1300 wood and aluminum current corner samples, plus several racks with a huge selection of current conservation quality matboards. Two each, owner designed and custom built, one of a kind, viewing boards that the customers are wild about, and the right person could market these for sale adding to the already diverse services provided . There is no end to what you can frame using your imagination and creativity and occasionally, some guts. We know it can be done because we've done it all and have loved doing it! The excellent clients that walk through our doors are loyal and rely on us for creative solutions with their projects, and for the quality and flexible service we provide. We NEVER turn away a job. This is where you come in. Keep the business in the existing area, which is a huge benefit due to the very established large and loyal client base, or move it to your own ideal location. So many, new and creative artistic mediums are coming on the market to offer your clients. It excites me to see the opportunities and possibilities for future framers. The services you provide This is opportunity is golden for the younger entrepreneurial individual or for the energy filled empty nesters that want to fill their lives with something useful, rewarding and satisfying. For more specific information or questions please contact Nancy. Building sold separately. Interested buyers only please.

Acupuncture Practice – Over 420 patients treated – Seaside, OR
$28,834Cash Flow: $26,884
Acupuncture Practice – Over 420 patients treated – Seaside, OR

Seaside, OR

Turnkey Acupuncture business is located on the beautiful Necanicum River and is a short 7-minute walk from the beach on one of the most popular Oregon Coast tourist destinations. There is local and tourist foot traffic and is located downtown next door to a massage clinic, near a yoga studio, coffeehouse, bakery and a local bookstore. It is walkable to most of the hotels in the area. The clinic is set up for Community style, walk-in sessions with massage tables and individual privacy screens and a lounge chair area. This also allows for families and friends to be treated together, but in their own secluded area. It is also great for private treatments. Trade name, client list (420-ish total serviced client list), phone number, everything is included. Solid online presence and great reputation in the community...Perfect for a new graduate of a program or existing medical practitioner to secure a solid business at an exceptional price point. This practice has thrived with no marketing to tourists or locals, and no insurance billing. This practice is very lucrative with plenty of room to expand. There are opportunities for increasing tourist business through the nearby hotels. With insurance billing, the revenue would likely triple in less than a year. With targeted marketing, this practice could easily support 2 acupuncturists to allow for evenings, weekend and walk-in treatments that the sole practitioner was not able to do. Started in 2018 and has treated over 420 patients since. Competitive Overview The closest Community Acupuncture clinic on the coast is 2.5 hours away and does not offer treatments on massage tables or in private areas.

Profitable Famous Huge Used Book Store
$250,000Cash Flow: $79,000
Profitable Famous Huge Used Book Store

Clark County, NV

Used-USED-Used Books Galore! Over 38 years, 11 years at this location! Owner will train! Price only covers wholesale cost of books and fixtures, equipment and furniture! Owner Keeps NAME and Phone Number! Over $300,000 Value in books! Over 275,000 Volumes! Large number of Walk-In Customers! Fantasy, Cookbooks, Sci-Fi, METAPHYSICS, and more.

Two Successful Franchise Hair Salons for sale
$595,000Cash Flow: $207,747
Two Successful Franchise Hair Salons for sale

Sarasota County, FL

Two Sarasota County Franchise Hair Salons for sale as a package. Long history of success. Very good book keeping. Stores are clean and professional. This franchise has a great well-known brand with good support from the Franchisor. The financials are consolidated but we have individual numbers for each location. As a hair salon franchise owner, you are positioning yourself as a player in the $75-billion-a-year salon industry, which is currently enjoying a rapid 8% growth rate per year. You are also stacking the deck in your favor: This franchise s the oldest full-service unisex salon franchise in the nation and has grown to more than 950 locations over the past 40 years.

Historic DTLA Bar for Sale
$385,000
Historic DTLA Bar for Sale

Los Angeles, CA

Welcome to Los Angeles History. Rumored to be the bar Bukowski and John Fante called their watering hole. Operations went underground into the basement during Prohibition and became one of LA's premier Speakeasies. The prohibition era murals still exist today. The Saloon is walking distance to Pershing Square Metro Stop, The Last Bookstore, Cole's French Dip, the Regent Theater DTLA, as well as the newer bars and restaurants in the area.

Adult Video and Bookstore in Key West
$210,000
Adult Video and Bookstore in Key West

Key West, FL

Private booths! Own this retail adult video and book store, with nine private booths, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Located in a free standing building with excellent access and parking, this establishment has long term staff that would like to continue employment. Financial Information, inventory, and copy of the lease can be provided upon execution of a Confidentiality Agreement.

Profitable and established bookstore business for Sale
$325,000Cash Flow: $100,000
Profitable and established bookstore business for Sale

Hopewell, NJ

Profitable bookstore business available in central NJ, minutes from Princeton, with an established and dedicated worldwide store and internet-serviced customer base. Founded in 1988 as a special-interest store selling military history books, magazines, games, and related items covering all historical eras from ancient to modern. Also includes a specialty publishing imprint that publishes 291 titles from over 50 authors. Exceptional reputation. Included in sale are 10,000+ inventory titles, plus all racks, spinners, shelving units, and other furniture. Sales are almost all new non-fiction items, although some are selective used titles from purchased collections are also sold, as well as some military-related fiction items. Strong online presence with web and other interactions. Open six days per week by the owner, usually 9am to 5pm, with one freelance editor for eFlyer internet marketing (via Constant Contact) and publishing (on call and usually one afternoon per week) and two on-call part-timers for occasional shipping duties and work.

Entertainment Facility with Retail & Gun Range
$2,200,000Cash Flow: $574,508
Entertainment Facility with Retail & Gun Range

Cumming, GA

This listing is for a unique and highly profitable retail, food and entertainment business located in the north Atlanta suburbs that is available to a qualified buyer. This business offers a buyer a substantial yearly income of over $500,000. This company is comprised of multiple profit centers in a single business. They are a firearms retailer carrying all the most popular brands and styles of weapons from many national manufacturers with a sixteen lane indoor gun range for their customers. However, that merely scratches the surface of this fantastic business. There is also a newly remodeled restaurant, general store for gifts, feed & seed store, bookstore and a wide variety of entertainment options (like axe throwing, mini bowling and video/redemption games). This is a very popular business with a large base of customers that come from many miles away. The facility is situated on 3.5 acres with 35,000 sq ft building which is available for lease separately from the asking price. The ownership of the furniture, fixtures and equipment will remain with the lessee to be used and maintained to by the lessor. Their inventory can be purchased separately as needed. If you would like more information about this business opportunity, or if you would like to schedule a site visit, please contact the agent either by phone or by email.

Cozy Bookstore & Coffeeshop in Idyllic Small Town Western NC!!
$175,000
Cozy Bookstore & Coffeeshop in Idyllic Small Town Western NC!!

NC

This popular bookstore/coffee shop is located in a popular downtown area with lots of local traffic as well as seasonal tourism. Known for their contemporary approach and appreciation for literary culture, this business has built a stellar reputation with its customer service, selection, and atmosphere. Hosts many meet-and-greets for local and national authors as well as weekly events for the local community. Dedicated children's section includes children's reading area and also hosts weekly events for parents of small children. Coffee shop is clean, well appointed, and a destination point for those looking for a good cup of coffee or espresso. Also serves local and regional baked goods. Current monthly gross sales of $27,000 per month. Lease is only $1100 per month for approx. 3000 square feet in a well maintained building with available parking! This is a fantastic opportunity for a book lover, coffee lover, or any savvy businessperson!

Successful Franchise Hair Salons - Thirteen Locations
$2,100,000Cash Flow: $905,013
Successful Franchise Hair Salons - Thirteen Locations

Hillsborough County, FL

Selling 13 Franchise Hair Salons as a package. Will consider selling them in smaller packages. Long history of success. This is the largest collection of franchise hair salons owned by anyone. Very good book keeping. Stores are clean and professional. This group of franchise stores have a great well-known brand with good support from the Franchisor. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase a large collection of hair salons.

Bella Bookstore and Café'
$375,000
Bella Bookstore and Café'

Belfast, ME

A well-established & vibrant Bookstore and Cafe situated in this quintessential coastal Maine town, within view and a block of the bay. Fully equipped licensed commercial kitchen - including a 7x10 walk-in cooler, a brand-new 6-burner gas range with a 7' hood, ''Noble'' dishwasher, and 3 sinks - and all furnishings for cafe/bistro both inside and outside, and display shelving and cases. Total inventory of books and antiques conveys. Belfast has been ''discovered'', now come and join the town's joie de vivre.2800 square feet in heated building, and an attached 500-square foot covered unheated storage shed.

Catholic Supplies & Book Store
$65,000Cash Flow: $4,000
Catholic Supplies & Book Store

Los Angeles, CA

1. PLEASE COPY AND PASTE BELOW LINK AND SUBMIT NDA. YOU WILL GET THE PROPERTY ADDRESS INSTANTLY. http://www.kibomrealtor.com/catholic-supplies--book.html 2. PLEASE VISIT THE LOCATION FIRST. 3. ASK QUESTIONS BY EMAIL ONLY Do not talk to the owner and employees. No Co-op brokering. number of employees (full/part time) none ABC License Business status Gross income/ Month 10k Net income/Month 4k Lease + Option none keep going Increasing Rent % 3% Lease Security Deposit 2monthes Rent+ Cam 2400 Payroll Credit Card% 40 Insurance Credit Card Fees Phone and Internet 60 Water Electricity 130 Gas Equipment Rental Trash Inventory 35k Cost of Goods All other (including tax) Sales Tax 600 of 3monthes Security System Opening Hour 9am-5pm 1350 sqft

Trendy Children's Apparel, Book & Toy Retail Store
$50,000
Trendy Children's Apparel, Book & Toy Retail Store

Los Angeles, CA

Boutique retail store for children's books, apparel, and toys. Very trendy store with a reputation for quality products that are modern and trendy. Located on a busy street in a gentrifying neighborhood that has a demographic hungry for quality items that are unique in nature. Inventory is included in the asking price. Additional lease term is negotiable with the landlord. The store has a 5-star reputation online at review sites such as Yelp.com. The store has cultivated a loyal following of local customers as well as customers from afar who value quality and uniqueness in the children's books, apparel, and toys that they buy for their loved ones.

Pet Store with Upstairs Apartment for Sale or Lease
$269,000
Pet Store with Upstairs Apartment for Sale or Lease

Warren, PA

This former well-established pet shop can be turned into a great retail opportunity or operated as a pet store all tanks, counters filtration and other equipment still set up in the building. Building consists of 8,736 square feet situated on a lot of 3,220 square feet. Newly remolded large spacious 2nd floor for living quarters with 4 bedrooms and a large family room. This building has main road frontage and is highly visible with parking in the rear of building and access. Also has large store front windows in the front so merchandise is easily view-able from the street. Full basement with a new floor installed recently. The total renovations that have been done to this property include the installation of a rubber roof, which was installed in September of 2006, a new basement floor, the installation of an upgraded forced air heating system and central air. The first floor has a new check counter and ceiling fans. The fuses have also been upgraded to breakers. There are also four central aquarium systems. Above the pet shop is also a small apartment, which you will see pictures of below. It has also recently been completely remodeled. Located in a busy area of Warren, PA on the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street. Near Christie's Downtown Grill, Ling Ling's Chinese Restaurant, and New Life Christian Book Store. Property is zoned C-1 commercial and would be best suited for commercial, retail, office, or residential use.


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