Half Price Books, Records, Magazines, Incorporated is the largest family-owned chain of new and used bookstores in the United States. The companys original motto is 'We buy and sell anything printed or recorded except yesterday's newspaper', and many of the used books, music, and movies for sale in each location are purchased from local residents. The corporate office is located in the flagship Northwest Highway location in Dallas, Texas. Half Price Books now operates more than 100 stores in 15 states. Founders Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson opened the first store in 1972 in a former laundromat in Dallas, Texas, filling the shelves with 2,000 books out of their personal libraries. The founders believed in offering great products at great prices, selling new and gently-used books, magazines, music, movies, collectibles and game software at half the original price or less. Pat Andersons daughter, Sharon Anderson Wright, is the companys current President and CEO.
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