Paperback Trade new proprietor Nicholas Hood mentioned the business will often be a bookstore

LANCASTER – New Paperback Exchange operator Nicholas Hood informed previous owner Leanne McClellan he would be interested in purchasing the store when she retired. That took place and now Hood owns the extensive-time downtown made use of bookstore at 210 W. Primary St.

a person standing in front of a store: Nicholas Hood is the new owner of Paperback Exchange at 201 W. Main St. Last month he finalized the purchase from former owner Leanne McClellan.

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Nicholas Hood is the new owner of Paperback Exchange at 201 W. Major St. Very last thirty day period he finalized the invest in from previous owner Leanne McClellan.

Hood is well-versed in the downtown organization group as his mother and father very own O’Huids Gaelic Pub throughout Columbus Road from the bookstore. He labored their comprehensive-time and would bring communicate to McClellan, a family members good friend, when offering her lunch.


“I could notify that she was just falling out of adore with it,” Hood mentioned. “It really is a ton of get the job done. You can find a ton that goes on right here. She’s received grandkids in Dayton and a son in California. She is just into all the things. She has like 500 hobbies and this place just will not leave any time for that. So I made her an provide and she acknowledged it.”

Hood has no personnel. But his fiancé, McKenna Harter, is helping him out with the retail store.

He claimed the business will often continue being a bookstore. Hood explained there is some issue that he will market off the books and operate some other kind of organization at the spot. But he reported that will not materialize.

“We are business believers that a bookstore will make the local community smarter, wiser,” Hood stated. “It assists in our conversation. It’s truly important in this neighborhood and the fabric of this group.”

Having said that, he reported there are some factors with the building and enterprise that want sprucing. Hood did not want reveal the facts nonetheless, even though.

“Our product will in all probability alter somewhat,” he stated. “We are going to evolve in excess of the future yr. But we are going to leave that to variety of a thriller at this issue in time. We want everybody to bounce on our Facebook site and we will be updating an Instagram site and abide by along with us as we evolve. That way they can type of be a component of it and see what we’re performing as we do it.”

Hood stated he wants Paperback Exchange to be a spot in which men and women can in ahead of feeding on at 1 of the downtown dining establishments or while doing other downtown pursuits. 

“You can pop in below and hang out,” he said. “We really feel like that’s lacking downtown – a put to go and wander all over in the evenings. We’re going to make sure we do that.”

Also hanging out at the store will the two cats, Dickens and Webster, who have turn into staples at Paperback Trade. He explained they will remain at the retailer.

Hood reported he realizes opening a bookstore is a hazard as is opening any business through the COVID-19 pandemic. But he stated he hopes to be a product for many others seeking to open a business enterprise during the pandemic.

“We’ve weighed the risk and we think that is important for expense in our local community,” Hood said. “And we think that this is the suitable time. It just so occurs that we’re here in COVID. We believe that we’re likely to see the conclude of this whether it really is some limits lifted or vaccines or something like that.

“We’ll continue to do our part by staying a safe small business for persons to take part in. But we’re not worried of it. We feel there is continue to area to be a profitable business enterprise and to maintain your revenues transferring ahead. We imagine that there demands to be a very little little bit additional positivity about issues.”

Hood stated the store’s several hours will likely develop to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday as a result of Saturday in March. McClellan was normally not open up on Mondays. 

For now while, the hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday via Saturday.


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