Downtown bookstore closes, heads to Mechanicsville

Never Enough Books has closed at 318 W. Broad St. (Photos by Mike Platania)

After nine months in the Arts District on Broad Street, a bookshop is turning the page onto a new location in the suburbs.

Never Enough Books has closed its storefront at 318 W. Broad St. as it prepares to move to Antique Village at 10203 Chamberlayne Road.

John King opened the used bookstore in February after purchasing the stock of a now-shuttered Charlottesville bookstore.

Owner John King

King said he didn’t quite get the foot traffic he was hoping for on Broad Street.

“I liked doing it, but it wasn’t the greatest of locations for what I was doing,” he said. “I didn’t get a lot of traffic from VCU. It’s just not fully a retail area yet.”

He closed the store this week but said he’ll still operate at Antique Village, a decades-old market in Hanover.

King said he should be open in Antique Village in a few days and that he’ll also continue running an online shop.

“The site ( is up now. I just don’t have the books all listed up on it,” King said. “Online will be fiction, sci-fi and mystery for the most part.”

Joyner Commercial’s Bill Phillips has the listing on Never Enough Books’ 3,400-square-foot former space. A block west is Circle Thrift, which this year took over the former Nick’s Deli space at 400 W. Broad St.

Another former book shop’s space was recently reborn in the Fan. Capitol Market Cafe opened recently at the intersection of West Main and North Robinson streets in Black Swan Books’ old home. Black Swan currently operates on Rosedale Avenue.

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