RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Quail Ridge Books will leave Ridgewood Shopping Center and relocate to North Hills, North Hills announced on Wednesday.
The bookstore will occupy 7,530 square feet and is projected to open in the spring. The bookstore will move to what’s called the Lassiter District, which now includes stores like Total Wine, Panera Bread and the Bonefish Grill.
Lisa Poole, who bought Quail Ridge Books in 2013, said the lease was up and North Hills made an offer that was too good to refuse.
“We got a really good offer from North Hills. And they wooed us,” Poole said. “And we decided it was the best thing for us to do.”
Quail Ridge has continued to thrive at a time that has been challenging for community bookstores. The store has a wide range of books, including an extensive children’s selection, and often features top authors who do signings at the store.
Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, recently signed her book at the store and former president Jimmy Carter signed his book at the store in 2014.
“We are ecstatic to have Quail Ridge Books open at North Hills,” said John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty Corporation. “It is a great community staple and we believe it will do well in this location.”
Poole said the store hopes to keep its loyal fan base after the move.
“We have plans to open a beautiful new store while keeping the heart, soul and DNA of Quail Ridge Books alive and well at North Hills,” she said.
Poole is from Raleigh and graduated from Meredith College. Her husband, Ven, is CEO of Raleigh-based Waste Industries.
Nancy Olson started Quail Ridge Books in 1984 and sold it to Poole in 2013.
“I really had mixed feelings about it. We did so well here,” Olson said. “And have close contacts with the universities and Meredith College. So I didn’t want to lose those people. But it’s a great opportunity to grow.”
Both Poole and Olson said the move to North Hills should bring in more foot traffic and will introduce the book store to new people.