The first used bookstore in this system was started in 2007 in Warner Robins, GA by Shane and Abbey Gottwals. Under the name Gottwals Books, the business has grown from a single store in Warner Robins to a multi-store chain of bookstores with headquarters in Warner Robins. They have applied their drive and the Gottwals Books team’s knowledge and skills to guide successfully the retail service operations.
The cornerstone of the Walls of Books™ franchise business philosophy is to bring to the new business a well-designed operation, providing good service, clean surroundings and a family-friendly environment with items at reasonable prices. When Walls of Books™ puts its name on something, that tells the customer and the employee that they are going to experience the very best the bookstore has to offer, every time.
Our management, staff, and personnel, trained in courtesy and politeness, treat all customers as friends who are welcome to enjoy and feel comfortable in our surroundings at their leisure. We give thousands of options to the public. Good book inventory is the most important part of our service operation. Together with fair pricing and a pleasant staff, it will bring customers back, time and time again, becoming the loyal customers that build great businesses. The Gottwals family is deeply appreciative of all the faithful customers who have made this system a success.
We believe strongly in this philosophy of service and have now added into it a new ingredient, franchising. The day-to-day operations of Walls of Books™ must be flawless and consistent. That is the reason for a strict franchise system: to ensure all personnel understand the complete picture, and to coordinate the actions of each member of the unit team. This is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. The degree of success depends on the amount of effort and energy put into learning and executing each phase of the business. With a lot of teamwork and hard work, Walls of Books™ will remain a continued success.
Why Walls of Books™?
Have you ever dreamed about owning your own bookstore? Here’s your chance… Take advantage of a franchise opportunity from Gottwals Franchising, Inc. By opening a Walls of Books™ used bookstore, you will be investing in a retail business that will provide customers the best selection of used books available in your town. Walls of Books™ appeals to every age level by selling quality used books from nearly every genre.
Join a system with a proven track record, and open the doors to your own bookstore!
What Kind of Background Do I Need?
No previous experience is required. Simply bring your passion for hard work, customer service, and… of course... books!
The Walls of Books™ franchise concept is perfect for just about anyone in any job situation… the recent retiree, the person looking for a career change, or simply someone who wants to own their own business but doesn’t know where to start! This might be your perfect opportunity!
What Kind of Investment Will I Need?
As with any business, start-up costs are not set in stone. Many factors will determine the total initial investment necessary to open your own Walls of Books™ store. You have many things to consider, including the franchise fee, fixtures, equipment, supplies, and inventory. However, Gottwals Franchising, Inc. streamlines this process, allowing you to open in a timely fashion with cost projections geared toward maximizing every dollar spent. Take advantage of the experience offered through the Walls of Books™ franchise system!
Is There a Training Program?
Yes. Walls of Books™ offers a full training program which includes classroom, on-the-job, and on-site instruction for operating your Walls of Books™ store. We will teach you how to buy, trade, and sell used books by giving you the tools, procedures, and systems that have already proven successful.
Is There a Protected Territory?
Yes. All Walls of Books™ owners have a protected territory as defined in the Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD).
Do You Help Me Acquire Inventory?
Yes. We will give you access to our channels and affiliates for sourcing your used book inventory.
Do You Help Me Pick a Location?
Yes. We will help you find the perfect location for your new store and offer advice concerning the lease agreement (when applicable).
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