New bookstore open in Fountain
Last updated 3/31/2022 at 11:19am | View PDF
The Fountain Valley area recently gained a new business with a unique approach to selecting its current location. The Book Archive bookstore is owned, operated and manned by Sam McCord, a first-time business owner. He celebrated his store's grand opening on Feb. 11 of this year. Located at 6614 Camden Blvd. in Fountain, the bookstore is conveniently situated near the Walmart off of Hwy. 85-87.
McCord earned his college degree in geography, and used his understanding of geo-spatial analysis to pick his store's location.
"Last summer, prior to moving to Colorado from New Mexico, I did research identifying all existing bookstores from Monument to Pueblo," he explained. "I then determined that the most under-represented area in the book business was Fountain. Geographically, Fountain was the best location to open a used bookstore, when considering minimal business competition."
Prior to opening the bookstore, McCord worked at a city library, a chain bookstore, and at an independent bookstore. His experiences and appreciation for books and writers drove his decision to enter the store ownership role. Having an involved family and a herd of friendly bookstore cats makes his daily routine much different than a former stint as a Department of Energy hazardous waste manager.
"My former position was stressful, and limited things that brought joy to my life," McCord said.
When his wife, Mary, was transferred to the Colorado Springs area, he jumped at the opportunity to pursue his dream of being a business owner, while simultaneously spending time with his five children, his wife, and fellow community members.
Noting that many educators use personal funds to enhance the learning environment of their classrooms, McCord and his family offer a permanent discount for Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, educators and staff. He invites teachers and educators to come browse through the store and look for something they feel will connect with their students.
Finally, there is an excellent opportunity for community members to exchange their old books for store credit. McCord recommends that interested readers come into the store and look at the extensive inventory and wide array of topics and genres, offering something for all ages from children to adults. With more than 11,000 books currently in stock, there is something for everyone who enjoys reading.
"I am very happy we chose Fountain," McCord said. "People have been so welcoming and excited to have a bookstore near their homes. I personally love that I get to live close to work with a minimal commute."