John C. King was working at a used bookstore in Charlottesville when it suddenly closed down in 2018. King decided to buy most of their inventory, box it all up, and ship it to Richmond, Virginia.
Soon thereafter, John was able to find a new storefront to open a bookstore in historic downtown Richmond.
It took them a few months to get everything ready to open to the public, but in February of 2019 Never Enough Books opened at 318 W. Broad St.
The store is near Virginia Commonwealth University’s campuses as well as student housing. Downtown Richmond provides fantastic foot traffic, however, parking can sometimes be difficult to find during peak times.
Never Enough Books looks to focus on selling their inventory in-house, but will also be opening an online book shop in the very near future.
King spent most of his career in the food service business. He said he retired two years ago from working part time in catering at the University of Richmond and before that worked for years in the restaurant business, managing local and national franchise locations.
“I’ve owned a few restaurants around here, small independent, kind of things," he said.
King’s personal library consists of at least 1,500 books. Being a voracious reader, his favorite genres are mysteries and thrillers. The bookstore consists of a variety of books ranging from artist collections to presidential biographies and everything in between.
In the back of the store there is a room dedicated to children’s books. In the furthest room in the back there is a dedicated room to mass marketed paperbacks and overflow stock (duplicate inventory).
Whatever used books you may want, Never Enough Books may have the perfect volume for you! We hope you come and visit us soon.