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Popular used bookstore making a move

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A popular used bookstore in Nashville is making a move.

McKay Used Books is moving from its current home on Charlotte Pike in West Nashville to a bigger location in Bellevue.

The current store has about 21,000 square feet of used books, music, movies and electronics.

The new store on Old Hickory Boulevard right off Exit 199 on I-40 will have 10,000 more square feet and more parking spots.

"We'll now have over 230 plus parking spaces, where before we shared with other surrounding businesses," said Assistant Manager William Hart. "In the existing store the space is a little cramped, and it was just time for us to expand."

McKay has gained popularity in Nashville since its move to Music City in 2007. It's one of the few places in town that gets all of its merchandise directly from its customers.

"Our popularity has grown... and it's a growth we're very happy with," Hart said. "[Our store] gives people in today's economy a chance to come trade things in... and leave with something new. I don't know a lot of other places where you can do that."

In the new store the "greeter area" will be doubled. "The greeter takes the incoming merchandise. So by expanding that area we should be able to better serve the public by being able to better keep up with the inflow of merchandise," Hart said.

The new location will also feature a room specifically designed to house electronics. McKay accepts and sells everything from video game systems to MP3 players and smart phones.

"Right now we get a lot of questions, 'Do you have this cord? Do you have this missing piece?'" Hart said. "I think this new room will really help the public find the items and the information they're looking for."

Store officials said they've made similar moves in Knoxville and Chattanooga, and the results have been positive.

"This new layout and design has really helped those stores get the product out to the public," Hart said. Nashville store management is hoping it will do the same for them.

"We're just really excited about it and the buzz from the public has been overwhelming. We've been well received in Nashville and this is just a way for us to give back to our customers," Hart said.

The old store will close down on Feb. 27, the new store is expected to open on March 10.

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