Today is HPB’s 39th Birthday! On July 27, 1972, we opened our first store in a converted laundromat in Dallas, Texas. Co-founders Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson stocked the shelves with more than 2,000 books from their personal libraries. Half Price Books was created with the idea of offering a great product at a great price. And it worked! Today, Half Price Books is America’s favorite family-owned new and used bookstore chain with 113 stores in 16 states.
We received a few unexpected birthday gifts this year. First, we’re excited to announce that our Dallas/Fort Worth area shoppers voted us D Magazine‘s “Best Bookstore” in its upcoming August “Best Of Big D” issue. We won both the Editors’ Choice and the Readers’ Choice — no small feat, judging from the competition. Thank you to everyone who voted in Dallas-Fort Worth, but most of all THANK YOU to our customers nationwide! You’re the reason we’ve been able to do what we do for the last 39 years.
Our other unexpected birthday surprise was this ADORABLE video from one of our pint-sized customers we met recently in San Antonio. He attended our San Antonio Grand Opening and definitely wins our Enthusiasm Award. This guy’s invited to the party, for sure :)
Isn’t he great? If you can’t get enough of him, here’s a second edition, entitled “Reading is like time-travel, except pocket-sized.”
Thanks again to everyone for your love and loyalty these last 39 years. We’re looking forward to celebrating many more — including BIG PLANS for our 40th birthday next year!
How many of our 39 years have you been shopping at HPB? We’d love to know which location is your favorite!
— Emily (and the entire HPB family)