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Local bookstore Empire Books & News acquired by Geek Inc.

August 3, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Geek Inc., based in Ashland, Kentucky, has announced the purchase of Empire Books & News at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington.

Geek Inc. currently operates two comic book and vintage toy stores, known as “The Inner Geek,” and operates the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. Geek Inc. is owned by Tri-State locals Jarrod and Jaime Greer.

Empire Books & News has been a fixture at 30 Pullman Square since 2004, when the downtown destination opened.

According to The Inner Geek Facebook page, the Geek Inc. acquisition of the bookstore took effect Wednesday, Aug 1.

“Jarrod, Jaime and the entire Geek Inc crew are committed to the continuation of the ideas which have made Empire Books a great local bookstore,” the company said in a news release. “Great customer service, community outreach, competitive pricing, and availability of hard to find items are the backbone of the business model that have made The Inner Geek brand a success in both Ashland and Lexington, Kentucky, and the Greers expect no less out of this location.”

There will be very few operational changes put in place immediately, according to the news release.

“The entire staff is staying on to ensure a great transition and the Greers want to ensure everyone that the bookstore they know and love isn’t going anywhere,” the release said. “Some cosmetic upgrades, expansion back into the former 12,000-square-feet footprint, additional product lines and a name change will come in time, but in the short term it’s business as usual at the store.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

WORKSHOP: The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a business fundamentals workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Chase Building located at 1000 5th Ave. in Huntington. Business coach Amber Wilson will lead the session.

The business fundamentals workshops are free through Sept. 30. The sponsorship of the Regional Development Funding Corporation (RDFC) enables the WV SBDC to offer the in-person and online workshops without the standard $35 fee. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click the training calendar or contact Wilson at 304-528-5616 or by email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD

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