Lexus crashes into Raleigh bookstore Quail Ridge Books

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A late-model luxury car crashed into Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on Sunday afternoon.

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During one the busiest shopping days before Christmas, the white Lexus sedan jumped the curb and smashed the front doors around 1 p.m., officials said.

No one was hurt in the incident, but the front of the store was damaged. Many windows of the business were cracked or shattered and there were cracks in a brick wall at the front.

The bookstore did not close after the incident, but customers were forced to use a back entrance.

The crash comes just weeks after it was announced that Quail Ridge Books will leave Ridgewood Shopping Center and relocate to North Hills.

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.

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.

Nancy Olson started Quail Ridge Books in 1984 and sold it to Poole in 2013.

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