Established Business Gets New Owners

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Some say small businesses are the ones being hit the hardest by the recession, but a local family is still taking on the challenge of purchasing a book store and fixing it up.

Keith Malone and his family purchased Sugden Book Store on Front Street in Marietta, after the previous owner closed it for repairs in January.

They've reworked the store with a new layout, new supplies and a fresh coat of paint.

They're also currently renovating a children's area as well as a coffee shop.

"You just have to be aggressive in increasing sales, and looking at what you can do new to bring people in, and hopefully then when the economy rebounds you'll just ride that back up with the economy," Malone said.

Malone says the shop has been open for a few weeks, and so far business has been steady.


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  • by Rachael Location: Charlotte, NC on May 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Hurrah for you!! What a beautiful job you're doing, and what a great town Marietta is! Congratulations and best wishes on this great endeavor! Go Malones!!
  • by Business Owner Location: Marietta/Reno on May 28, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    You'd better hope you don't have a fire. That's why I moved my business to Reno. When three guys show up for a fire at your business, you will wish you would have taken up shop someplace else. Not to mention the parking downtown is ridiculous. Marietta City Council is clueless. They are more concerned about pools and trees than the protection of their citizens and the businesses in the city. Good Luck, you'll need it.
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