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Family Book Outlet opens

Family Book Outlet offers Farragut shoppers new, discounted books in its new location in Campbell Station Center.

“We have two locations in Knoxville currently and we have two more planned,” said general manager Len Granath.

Twenty-five-year-old Family Book Outlet has 10 permanent stores throughout East Tennessee, as well as revolving temporary stores throughout the year.

The temporary stores are well-known for their $5 books, although all of the stores carry “deeply discounted” books, Granath said.

Family Book Outlet buys its books, remainders and returns, wholesale from SAS Associates, and Knoxville-based wholesaler.

“In the book market … sometimes you’ll see a large display of books. [Book stores] end up returning those to the warehouse and we buy those. Or sometimes they never make it to the store; they print too many,” Granath explained of the remainder and return process.

Granath stressed the books are not old. Family Book Outlet carries brand new titles, and even the remainders or returns are usually only four months old.

“They look new and they’re crisp and nice,” he said.

Each book in the store is discounted at least 5 percent.

“About 90 percent of our inventory is deeply discounted, 50 percent or more,” Granath said.

Family Book Outlet bills itself as just that, a family bookstore.

“Our concept has always been family books,” said company COO Steve “J.R.” Slack.

“We had some Christian bookstores and some general market bookstores, and kind of where we’ve landed is with stores that are family friendly.

“You feel comfortable letting your kids run around in there, and we equated that into the online world as well,” he added.

Family Book Outlet is investor in an online bookstore,

“There’s no objectionable material on abunga, either,” Slack said.

“A portion of every sale goes to the person’s charity that they designate. There’s a list of charities that you can choose from, and so a portion of every sale when they log an account with us … are donated to the charity of their choice,” Granath said.

Slack said he decided to open a store in Farragut because of the “potential for growth out west.”

Currently, Family Book Outlet’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m., Sunday.

After grand-opening celebrations, planned for the entire strip in early October, store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.

For more information, contact Family Book Outlet, 731 N. Campbell Station Road, at 865-675-0303, visit visit, or visit the chain’s Web site,


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