Powells Book store - Powell's City of Books
Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland , Oregon , and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books , claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
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The City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3, different sections. The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare , and out-of-print books.
Powell's was founded by Walter Powell in His son, Michael Powell, had started a bookstore in Chicago, Illinois , in which specialized in used, rare, and discounted books, primarily of an academic and scholarly nature. In , Michael Powell joined his father in Portland, right after his father's store was not offered a lease renewal; within a year, they found the location that became its current headquarters.
In ,   Powell's opened its first branch store, in a suburban shopping center named Loehmann's Plaza  later renamed Cascade Plaza ,  near Washington Square. The new branch was not a replica of its City of Books location; Powell was concerned that the "edgy" neighborhood of its headquarters location was limiting its customer base, so the new store was "fairly fancy" with white shelving, a tile floor, and banners over the aisles.
A travel bookstore was established in on Pioneer Courthouse Square , and other stores followed, one a year for the next few years.
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Powell's established its Internet presence in , beginning with email and FTP -based access to its technical bookstore; it has since expanded to incorporate fiction and other genres as a traditional ecommerce site. The City of Books location grew to its current size after an expansion that opened in ; it included a new entrance facing the Pearl District which featured the "Pillar of Books", a Tenino sandstone carving depicting a stack of eight of the world's great books, on a base with the inscription "Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the book, sell the book" in Latin.
In January , Powell's announced plans to expand the downtown City of Books by adding as many as two floors to the store's southeast corner. In March , Michael Powell confirmed plans to hand over management of the business to his daughter Emily as of July. In October , Powell's announced it had bought 7, books from the library of author Anne Rice ; Powell's offers these association copies on their website.
Starting in May ,  Powell's began offering access to print on demand books via the Espresso Book Machine. In early , Emily Powell announced that Miriam Sontz, the company's chief operating officer, would take over as chief executive officer. In , following some post-holiday lay-offs, some of Powell's employees formed an organizing committee, seeking to become part of the Oregon Public Employees Union OPEU. They chose the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ILWU because they could charter their own self-governing local union which would include about employees serving in a variety of jobs in all stores and in the Internet, corporate, and shipping departments.
By March , they filed for a union certification election with the National Labor Relations Board. After some early successes, saw a slowdown in the discussions, followed by rallies, filings of unfair labor practices , an unsuccessful decertification campaign, a one-day shutdown of the shipping department accompanied by the slashing of a van's tire , and federal mediation.
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A three-year contract was finally announced in August A union representative said that Powell's had reduced its workforce by about 40 in the prior year through attrition, but felt that layoffs were still necessary because of a decline in sales of new books and a rise in health care costs.
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