MILLEDGEVILLE — A used textbook alternative to Georgia College's Box Office Books must call it quits.
Got Books?, LLC officially closes Oct. 31, according to co-owner Tracy Simmons.
“We just didn't do any business. We are having to close the doors, and I hate it for the students,” Simmons said.
The co-owner blamed online competition and book rentals for the downfall.
Got Books made money with student book sell backs. Those numbers dropped over the last two years.
“We could do business if we were able to buy them, but we just don't have as many customers as we used to,” Simmons said.
Formerly named T&N Books, the off-campus bookstore opened across from the old PawPrints bookstore on Wilkinson Street before moving to what is Digital Bridges’ current storefront a few years later.
T&N moved for a third time to the long-standing Joiner's Market space in 2011. Simmons and her partner bought the business and switched to the Got Books name.
“I had always been a manager, but now, I'm part owner,” Simmons said.
The 5,000 square foot location at 110 N. Wayne St. didn't turn out in Got Books' best interest.
The old Hancock storefront was the place to be, according to the owner.
“When we left Digital Bridges (building), it was not the best move at all,” Simmons said. “People don't want to turn the corner.”
Milledgeville Main Street and Downtown Development Authority Director Carlee Schulte continues fighting the North Wayne side battle as business grows on South Wayne.
“Trying to retrain people's minds to know that there is more to our downtown than Hancock Street is what my struggle is,” Schulte said. “As soon as we can get people to walk a little bit further, it would help businesses to flourish better in that direction.”
Simmons hopes owner Wiley Miller will find another renter soon.
Being an old grocery store setup does make marketing slightly more difficult because of the larger space.
“It will definitely be in my interest to continue marketing it and trying to get somebody in there,” Schulte said.
College students with book rentals originally due this December will receive emails and phone calls about a drop box.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 478-295-0236 with any book questions. Interested renters contact Schulte at 478-414-4014.
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