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Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Texas Business reports: Dallas—Half Price Books is surfing the troubled economy like carving an A-Frame wave.
Half Price Books, the nation’s largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain, continues its expansion as it opens a Dublin, California store.
This is the booksellers fourth toehold in California, and its 112th store in the United States.
Half Price Books has taken advantage of lower real estate prices in recent years and does not borrow money to open or move stores.
The new store, one of four in California, is the state’s largest Half Price Books location, occupying roughly 10,800 square feet in the Dublin Retail Center
Dublin has not been Half Price Books’ only store growth in 2011. The bookstore chain recently opened its 111th location in Mansfield, Texas.
This location marked the 20th store in Dallas-Fort Worth, giving Half Price Books more locations in the area than any other book retail chain.
Half Price Books plans to open its 113th store in San Antonio in June, its fifth location in the area.
“Half Price Books has continued to expand and be successful even as other booksellers have struggled. This is because we offer a unique product mix that no other store is able to replicate,” said Half Price Books executive vice president Kathy Doyle Thomas in a prepared statement. “Since we buy from the public, our stores offer an attractive option for people needing extra cash, and we’re able to provide cheaper forms of entertainment. We’re excited to have expanded in Dublin and Mansfield and look forward to becoming a part of their communities.”
Half Price Books is the largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain, with 112 retail locations in 16 states. Stores are open seven days a week and buy and sell new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items
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