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Old 01-18-2013, 11:25 AM   #109
QuantumIguana
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A indie bookstore doesn't need an expensive lease. Take my example of Uncle Hugo's in Minneapolis. It's not much to look at, from the inside or the outside. It's not in a highly desirable part of town. It doesn't try to look like a palace. It's a bookstore. Books packed on the shelves, books stacked on the floor. It's not a coffee shop. IF you want some coffee, there's the KFC next door. Knowledgeable employees don't have to be prohibitively expensive. If you sell mystery or science fiction, all you need to do is to find employees who are knowledgeable about these genres. By itself, being a science fiction fan, for example, doesn't mean you can expect an extremely high salary. But an employee at a science fiction bookstore who knows the genre is probably worth more to the store than one who doesn't know the genre.
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