The year was 2005. Half Price Books opened its first Chicagoland store in November in Niles. It would be the first of many great HPBs to come to the area over the next decade.
I asked some of the Chicago HPB bibliomaniacs to share photos and memories from over the years. Let’s take a look!
According to Inventory Manager Connie, there was a rather awkward, but comical moment later that day. HPB bibliomaniacs from across the market and even across the country often visit to help out at Great Openings. Connie and several of the local managers headed to lunch at a nearby restaurant and ran into a few HPB district managers with other out-of-town guests. One district manager jokingly asked who was left in charge of the store, but everyone quickly realized it was also a good question! After a few minutes, they did realize the Algonquin store managers were there and all was well.
Fast forward to today as we prepare to open our 10th store in Chicagoland in Downers Grove.
The Downers Grove great opening kicks off Thursday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 6. Hope to see you there!