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Bookstore opening this weekend

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    CONTRIBUTED: Pictured, from left, are realtor Patty Burns, Walls of Books franchisee Scott McElheney, property co-owner Charles Burrell, propter co-owner Melba Burrell and contractor Jarrod Bath. The Burrells and McElheney recently took part in a ceremonia

From day one, Walls of Books will have more books on its shelves than the city of Milledgeville has people.

The bookstore, with a focus on trade-ins and store credits, is slated to open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The original opening date was July 6, but then came several issues with Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as an air conditioning system that had difficulty keeping up with summertime in middle Georgia.

“Everything’s now squared away, and we’re looking forward to a great opening,” said Scott McElheney, local franchisee.

Walls of Books will open with roughly 25,000 books in stock, with the capacity to reach 45,000.

The hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The business will not be open on Sundays and Mondays. Face masks “are strongly encouraged,” but not required.

McElheney was asked to describe the business model.

“We deal primarily in good used books. This is not like your typical old-fashioned used book store that you used to find, where there were stacks and stacks of paperback books and whatever they could get their hands on,” said McElheney, a Jasper County man who went to school at Georgia College. “We are very picky about what we take in on trade and buy from wholesalers. The idea is that we sell books that could sometimes pass as new for highly discounted prices.”