A Walls of Books store has opened at 4508 Armour Road in Columbus, Ga. The 2,400-square-foot shop is part of Gottwals Franchising, which has 16 locations in Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. The Columbus bookshop will carry about 30,000 new and used books in English and Spanish, and have couches and chairs for customers, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.
"I've always wanted to have a bookstore all my adult life because I'm an avid reader," said owner Andrew Oliver. "I always thought that one day I would retire and I'd have a bookstore to putter around in, the golden years sort of thing. Then all of the stars lined up and the opportunity arose.... With Walls of Books as a franchise, I've got the backup. I've got the expertise of people who've been doing it for a while, saying 'change this' or 'yeah, you're doing good,' to kind of soothe my nerves."