Sarah Stovel, a supervisor with Russell Books, helps move some books from the 734 Fort St. location across the street to the new 747 Fort St. location. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria book store begins challenge of moving 500,000 books

Russell Books is moving across the street from its long time Fort Street location

Staff at Russell Books have a huge task at hand: moving over half a million books across the street.

The beloved new and used book store has been a Victoria staple at its location at 734 Fort St. for nearly 30 years. Now the three-storey business is heading across the street to the former Staples Office Supply store at 747 Fort St.

“It’s a lot of work, but a lot is happening,” said Andrea Minter, owner of Russell Books. “Half a million is a significant number of books… you don’t really realize it until you move a dolly full of boxes and realize that’s only 100 books.”

READ MORE: Downtown Victoria’s Russell Books moving next door

Books in storage and at other business locations, including its Books on View, brings the total inventory to over a million books.

Minter has been herding staff together from other roles to help with the immense task at hand; on Thursday, the businesses’ Books on View location closed while the buying desk has also been put on pause.

“Books aside we also have a lot to do inside the building,” Minter said. “We have to build over 300 shelves on top of the shelves we already had, and we have to put in lighting fixtures in line with those shelves.”

The new 18,000 sq. ft. space will offer wall-to-wall books as patrons have come to love, but with more breathing room, natural lighting,and accessibility options including an elevator and escalator.

ALSO READ:Moving Sidney’s Military Bookstore a Herculean task

Book sales have already begun at Russell Book’s downstairs vintage books section and Minter said many more sales are planned for the future, without a fear of limited hours.

“Perhaps for a period of time both stores will be open, but at no point will we be closed,” she said.

While logistics are being finalized, Minter said she hopes to be open at the new shop in October– just in time for the Christmas shopping season to begin.

“It’s all really, really exciting and we’ve had positive responses from customers from around the world,” Minter said. “We’re so grateful that the store has left a mark in such a positive way.”

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Books

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The new 18,000 sq. ft space at 747 Fort St. will offer Russell Books customers a large area with natural light. Pictured, part of the main floor, where an escalator can be seen descending to the basement floor. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Just Posted

Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Tree-pruning community gathers in Oak Bay after tragic death

Crews met in solidarity at site of Tuesday incident

A bear similar to this black bear was spotted on Elk Lake Drive again on Oct. 21 and is believed responsible for killing a llama in Saanich on Oct. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Search continues for bear wandering through Saanich

Bear spotted eating garbage near Elk Lake Wednesday, B.C. Conservation says

Some 30 people including a dozen youth participated in North Saanich’s first ever Fridays for Future protest outside of municipal hall on Mills Road Friday, according to organizers. (Anne-Marie Daniel/Submitted)
Fridays for Future plans second event for North Saanich after inaugural protest

Some 30 people attended first protest on Oct. 9 with a second one scheduled for Oct. 23

A Saanich police officer in an unmarked vehicle stopped a driver going 70 km/h over the speed limit in front of the police department. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Driver caught going 70 km/h over the speed limit in front of the Saanich Police Department

Officer in unmarked car issues $483 ticket, week-long vehicle impound

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation load lobster traps on the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., after launching its own self-regulated fishery on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Vancouver Island First Nations back Nova Scotia’s Indigenous lobster fishermen

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council calls for action before lives are lost

Skiers line up to start the Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. Photo by Tim Penney
Popular Comox Valley adventure race cancelled for 2021

COVID forces Comox Valley Royal LePage Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race cancellation again

Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat competes against producers in the Middle East and Russia that have no carbon tax. (Rio Tinto)
B.C. carbon tax highest in Canada, export industries unprotected

B.C. NDP, B.C. Liberals say they’re looking at exemptions

(Pixabay)
Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

Most Read