20 September 2016

Well naturally everything once again has not worked out as planned…. I bought most of the wall bookcases of the South Hill Hastings store a few weeks ago and was told that I could pick them up October 1st. Great! Time to figure out how we would use them and were they would go and maybe do some prepwork and some thought.
Nah, they called last Wednesday and said they were ready to be picked up. They had cleared them off for us and were ready when we were which is a polite way of asking if we were on our way yet or not….
I went up there Thursday morning and talked to the kid working the front counter and he just pointed back to the side wall where they were at and said that he was not allowed to help me due to ‘liability reasons.’ As I had only asked him if they were bolted to the wall or not I was a bit annoyed and explained to him thats not really how ‘liability reasons’ work….
I went to look at the shelves and the assistant manager saw me and asked what was going on and I showed him my paperwork and he said he should have been called when I came in to show me what needed to be done – really nice guy and didnt mention liability reasons a single time…. He opened up the closed cafe area for me to carry stuff through so I wouldnt have to dodge customers. He and the other assistant there who was also incredibly nice switched back and forth being my ‘minder.’ They have to have someone monitor you while you are taking fixures out so you dont accidently take a load of books or movies which makes sense as a dying store is seen as a free for all by some people.
It took me 3 hours of breaking down shelves and loading them in the van to get about 7 fixtures out of there. I took them back to Division and put them up one at a time with Kevin filling them with books from one of our old cases which we then moved and then I put one of the new ones in. It was a few more hours of work but looked great.
I realized that I really liked them so I went back and bought another 6 which I broke down and loaded the next morning. Having figured out how they work, it only took me a bit over an hour to do all those and then back to Division to put them up. Needless to say, I really like them so I went to the Shadle Hastings (the manager there was incredibly nice as well- I really wish we had room for some of their people, they would be a good fit here) and bought another 10 so we could put them in the Northtown mall location. I am having second thoughts now and think that I really need an additional 10 on top of that. I dont think I can have too many at this point. I wish we were close to opening another store as I would just buy another 20 or so…. Its so tempting.
Anyway, the Division store is starting to come together a bit. We have condiderably more room for graphic novels and should be able to display them much better. Our supply section has moved to the center of the shop and we have almost figured out how to use it efficiently. Almost. we will get there. The POP section is set up but the order is a mess as I just had to pull everything off the racks and replace them with cases and put them all back up in about 15 minutes which did nothing for their organization. Hopefully in the next week or so it will be back to tidy.
The Gundam and assorted stuff area is much easier to get through now and make sense of as I replaced all their shelving and made the isles a bit wider. They are still a bit too tight for my liking but much better than they were.
The front glass case in the shop will soon be an additional statue case. I think we have been misusing it for sometime and will fill it with all kinds of eye candy I think starting this week if the shipments show up. Maybe next week.
All this and the Previews orders are due next week for me, this week for you if you would like anything special out of them. I have to find about 16 or so hours in the next week to do the order while trying to get more bookcases from Hastings. For some reason I never seem to catch up with everything. Oh well. enough rambling this week. -Craig!

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