The Movie and Music Exchange opens Saturday

December 13, 2010

Ward’s Corner welcomes “The Movie and Music Exchange”:

Movie & Music Exchange

Movie & Music Exchange

The Movie and Music Exchange is having it’s Grand Opening in Ward’s Corner this Sat. Dec. 18.  We hope to be a postive force in Ward’s Corner by transforming a vacant store into something everyone can enjoy.  We are a family friendly store with a kids area in the back.

This area is conducive to constructive activities for children and also contains a wonderful mural of some popular animals that can be found in movies and the Norfolk Zoo.  Come see the largest selection of DVDs and CDs for sale in Norfolk. We have 1000’s of great titles in stock. You can trade yours for ours or just buy them outright. The
Movie & Music Exchange is connected to our sister store, The Book Exchange at 116 E. Little Creek Rd. Call us at 583-2667 or see www.bookexchangenorfolk.com for directions. We guarantee you will like this addition to Ward’s Corner!

Thanks,
John


Book Exchange to expand at Wards Corner

November 7, 2010
Book Exchange

Book Exchange

John Knight, owner of the Book Exchange at Wards Corner, wrote in to share exciting news about the expansion of his store.  Congratulations John!

I want to let you know that all parties officially signed the lease. We have taken over the former “Simply Fashions” space next door. The Book Exchange will now occupy both spaces. We hope to have renovations completed and the new side open by the first week in January. We will move our Movie and Music inventory to the new side and greatly expand our selection with the goal of providing the largest selection of used DVD’s and CD’s in Hampton Roads. The overall concept of family oriented store will remain the same, with “The Book Exchange” on one side and “The Movie & Music Exchange” on the other side. Customers will be able to use their store credit on both sides of the store. We are sure that this will be a positive addition to Ward’s Corner. Keep up your great work!

Sincerely,
John


Has Wards Corner turned the corner?

September 15, 2010

By: John Knight

Does Wards Corner feel a little different to you?  It feels that way to me.  When I first shopped at Wards Corner eight years ago, I sensed there was something special about this place.  One year later, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life by opening a business here.  The potential was enormous, in location and demographics.  Wards Corner was the “Times Square of the South”, the busiest intersection in Norfolk, with over 60,000 cars passing through each day.  I saw blacks, whites, asians, hispanics and every color of the rainbow walking around here.  The customers ranged from the destitute to the well-healed. Multi-BILLION DOLLAR Dollar Tree started right here.  What a golden opportunity!

So, I opened The Book Exchange.  Within a month in my shopping center, Lillian Vernon was gone.  Soon Coffease closed, then Uncle Louie’s, then Foot Locker, then a couple beauty salons, then Steckroth’s, then Simply Fashions.  Then the vandals struck.  Then a lack of building maintenance led to peeling paint and frequent floods from above and below.  Well, the good news was that we had plenty of parking…

Luckily my overhead is low and my faith is strong.  We have always been blessed with good customers and staff.  And lately, it seems that those were the proverbial low points.

Take a look at Wards Corner NOW!  The TIDE of trash has been picked up one piece at a time by people like Laura Thom, who has organized a multitude of cleanups. Now, Wards Corner businesses are expanding, while others are moving in for their shot at the American Dream- mind you, in a time when most shopping centers are suffering the effects of the “Great Recession”.

If you have not been to Wards Corner in the past couple months, come see a few of the changes:  AJ Gators has a beautiful new location in the old Wherehouse Music store, ATC Fitness did an amazing remodel job on the old Lillian Vernon store and opened in record time.  Our landlord sanded and painted our light poles.  As I pulled out of our parking lot today, I noticed a new cell phone store across the street.  What will tomorrow bring?  I’m thinking positively.  So, if you have an idea for a business in one of the few vacant spots that are left in Wards Corner, consider acting NOW!  Try to visual what the founders of Dollar Tree saw here.  I GUARANTEE you, Wards Corner is still a goldmine!!!


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