Moving A Bookstore

..was the easy part.

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

Readers, I know you're ready for an update on our move. We surely are!

As you may be aware, the contractor who was retained to complete the updates to our new bookshop location is months behind schedule. (They had three weeks of work to do. They started in November.) If you want all the juicy details, scroll down and read the post right under this one. Meanwhile, here are the answers to the questions we are getting asked most often:

Address: 5240 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda, FL (near Galleria Mall Antiques)

Phone number stays the same: (941) 505-1624

Book Exchange: At this time we have paused trade-ins; we cannot accept items for book exchange until after we are finished with the move. With 158,000 books to unpack we just don't have the manpower to be processing incoming items right now. Of course, you may continue to use your trade balance in the same way that you have been.

When do we reopen? Asap. We don't have a specific date yet because the final inspections aren't passed yet. But you can count on me - we are doing everything that can be done (and then some) to expedite this process.

Isn't this delay expensive? You got that right. The move is costing about $90,000 in the first place, and February is normally our busiest month of the year. It royally sucks that we are closed right now. This seems like a good time to remind you: we can still take special orders, and we do sell gift certificates. Not sure what you want to order? Buy yourself a gift certificate now, and use it after we reopen!

Why is it taking so long??

a very detailed answer

by Heidi
books, shopsmall,
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Readers, if you'd like a more detailed explanation of why our move has taken SO long, here's a timeline that explains why ERS Construction is THE WORST. At the beginning, there was three weeks worth of work to do. They started in November. As of February 1st they not only hadn't finished, they had to UNDO some of the work they did because THEY READ THE SKETCH UPSIDE DOWN. Eventually, we got them fired and replaced them with a better contractor, but they delayed the opening of our new location by three months (and counting).

Note: I've put the timeline in reverse order to make it easier for returning readers to see the latest updates. If this is your first visit, start at the bottom of the post and read upwards.

March 28, 2019. Now that the contractor has the job in hand we can return to some of our other tasks: today we give the sign company the go-ahead (and the deposit) so they can get started on our beautiful new sign.

March 27, 2019. Sometimes, good things come to those who wait: completely by accident we discover that Gulf Coast Woodworking has a stash of poplar crown moulding we can buy for the shop. Best of all, it looks beautiful stained with our new favorite blue color! This is the final piece that will tie our "Industrial Atlantis" design together.

March 26, 2019. A shopping expedition to Fort Myers yields good results: we have selected our flooring (and it's gorgeous).

March 25, 2019. Our new contractor meets with his electrician and plumber at the site to get their input before the final quote comes back.

March 20, 2019. We spend three hours at the county building, meeting with the reviewers and our new contractor, and the permit issues are resolved! Hurray! Now they can actually DO the thing.

March 18, 2019. The HVAC contractor (who is separate from the general contractor and permit) starts his installation today. We schedule a meeting for later in the week with our new GC to sort out the mess that is the building permit.

March 11, 2019. We get them to agree to fire ERS - but only if we first find a replacement who can start immediately. The quest begins... and over the next three business days we interview 17 contractors and speak with nearly 80 (I had no idea there WERE so many contractors in Charlotte County).

March 6, 2019. Today the new blueprints go to the county to be attached to the original permit application. While at the county we discover even MORE things ERS did wrong: he failed to file the "Subcontractor Worksheet" for each of his subcontractors, such as the electrician; he also failed to have the final inspection done on the demolition before he moved on to the remodel.

March 5, 2019. The new blueprints are ready! We pick them up from the architect in Englewood.

February 14, 2019. ERS finally meets with us at the site. (This is the first time I have met ERS in person, although I have been trying to pin them down for over two months.) We discuss the fastest way to fix the mess they made.

Unfortunately, since ERS did a terrible job on the original permit application, a permit modification is necessary, and the blueprints from the architect (which ERS should have obtained back in November) are still needed. Since we do not trust ERS, we contact the architect directly. He kindly expedites the work for us.

February 12, 2019. After great effort, I find the name and number of the “fixer” at ERS and he meets with me at the site so I can explain the most urgent problems:

  1. ERS ignoring calls and emails from me and from Lee

  2. ERS submitting the permit application without allowing us to review it

  3. Where did these random walls come from? Who built them and why?

February 2, 2019. We discover that several unnecessary walls have been installed in the building. These walls are not permitted, nor were they requested by Lee or by us. ERS ignores my calls.

January 11, 2019. ERS finally replies to my email - and says he is under no obligation to provide info!

January 10, 2019. I email Lee and tell him that ERS is ignoring my emails. I copy ERS.

January 7, 2019. ERS re-submits the permit, once again behind our backs and without our review. This one is, if possible, even worse than the previous one. Somehow, it gets approved!

January 4, 2019. After ERS has dodged us (and Lee) for a month, we attempt to discuss the build out via email. ERS ignores all of our calls and emails.

December 28, 2018. I talk to Lee, and discuss the problems with the application that ERS submitted. I suggest the option of firing ERS and retaining another contractor, but Lee is concerned that would cause a further delay, so ERS stays for now.

December 5, 2018. ERS submits a building permit application without telling us, and does not allow us to review it. The application is incomplete (due to shoddy work by ERS), and it is rejected.

At this point, the next step is for ERS to obtain blueprints from the architect. Those blueprints will be the basis for a complete, detailed permit application. (Complete applications are approved much more quickly than incomplete ones!) However, ERS never even calls the architect.

ERS is told to allow us to review the building permit application before he submits it to the county.  

November 16, 2018. We provide ERS with detailed scope of work documents listing everything that must be done for the build-out. These documents should make his job much easier! 

November 11, 2018. Demolition is finally begun, by the new contractor: Robert from ERS. Since it has taken so long, Lee provides us with storage for our books and shelves, which we can use until the build out is completed. 

September 26, 2018. We sign a Letter of Intent with the owner, with a move-in date of December 1. There's about three weeks worth of work to do, after which we can start building bookcases. 

August 21, 2018. We visit 5240 Duncan Road and meet the owner's agent, Lee. The building needs a lot of TLC, but the owner is willing to do what's necessary to make it work for us.

Moving Update

we're almost there!

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

Thanks for your patience, everyone! We have spent the last week working with the contractor to get the new bookshop finished and they were kind enough to rearrange some things so that we can be open ASAP. Keep an eye on your email for an exact date; we are targeting late March. Our new address is 5240 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982.

Saturday, 2/23/2019: visit our Pop-Up Bookshop in downtown Punta Gorda at 118 Sullivan St from 10a to 4p. We will be selling books, puzzles, cards & more! Watch for another email with more details (we will send that out tomorrow).

Special Orders are all getting processed on a normal timeline. When we call / email to tell you that your book has arrived, we'll include instructions on where to pick it up. And yes, you can still place orders: (941) 505-1624

Book Exchange is still paused (it will re-open sometime after we have had a chance to get the new place organized). Your book exchange coupon balance WILL transfer, and you can still use it like normal. We just can't accept any more books in until we've had a chance to get things settled at the new location.

Our phone number will stay the same throughout the move and at our new location: (941) 505-1624

Store Hours during the move

it's a little crazy

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

From February 3rd to 10th, the store is available by appointment only (you must call or email to make an appointment). We will be closed for the rest of February.

We have a visit from Tim Dorsey on Feb 4th (call ASAP to reserve your spot if you wish to attend the book signing).

On February 23rd we have a special event planned! Stay tuned for more details...

Book Exchange is paused (it will re-open after Easter). Your book exchange coupon balance WILL transfer, and you can still use it like normal. We just can't accept any more books in until we've had a chance to get things settled at the new location.

Our phone number will stay the same at our new location: (941) 505-1624

Moving Day

is upon us

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

Dear Readers,

As you know, we are moving the bookshop.

Our last day at Turtle Crossing (on Burnt Store Road) is February 2nd. From February 3rd to 10th, the store is open by appointment only (you must call or email to make an appointment). Sandman will be closed for the rest of February.

The design for the new store is going really well, and everything looks fabulous so far! It will be worth the wait! I promise that I will send out an email, and share it on social media, the SECOND that we know the exact date the new location is opening. You guys have already been really patient with us during this whole process and I am so grateful to you for that. Just a little while longer...

The next two weeks, our calendar is quite full: we have story-time on January 26th, and a visit from Tim Dorsey on Feb 4th (please call to reserve your spot if you wish to attend the book signing). And, for those of you who have been awesome enough to help out with the move, we have one more Boxing Day on and Feb 3rd.

Our phone number will stay the same at our new location: (941) 505-1624 And of course, you can always reach me by email.

Your book exchange coupon balance WILL transfer, so you can still use it at the new location.

An Update:

Our New Location

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

Hello Booklovers!

As you may already know, we are moving the bookshop from Burnt Store Road to a better location:

Address: 5240 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda, FL (near Galleria Mall Antiques)

Phone number stays the same: (941) 505-1624

Book Exchange: At this time we have paused trade-ins; we cannot accept items for book exchange until after we move. With 158,000 books to move we just don't have the manpower to be processing incoming items right now. Of course, you may continue to use your trade balance in the same way that you have been.

Boxing Day: Sunday January 13th. If you would like to join our volunteer staff, email or call us and we will add you to the RSVP list. (Heavy lifting is NOT required for this task.) Of course, if you'd like to help on a different day, that's great too! Our volunteers can always use more helpers.

Moving Day: TBD - we will keep you posted. (Join our email newsletter for quick updates.)

Good news, everyone:

We're moving!

by Heidi
books, shopsmall, literature, fiction
Sandman Book Company on Duncan Road Punta Gorda

Beloved Bibliophiles,

I have exciting news: we are moving!

We take customer feedback very seriously, and the most common thing we've heard over the years is that you'd prefer to avoid driving on Burnt Store Road. That's a tall order, but we listened to you! Our new location will be closer to downtown Punta Gorda, near Galleria Mall Antiques.

I'm excited to finally be able to share this project with you. (We had to wait on making the announcement until all the paperwork was officially signed. Thanks for understanding!) Now that you know, I can tell you about some of the awesome things we will have at the new location, including:

  • a bigger parking lot
  • longer open hours
  • lower prices on used books (due to lower cost of operations)
  • more gifts, puzzles & greeting cards
  • a more streamlined book exchange process
  • proximity to more restaurants (like Royal Thai, Peace River Seafood, Father & Sons Pizza)
  • What about book exchange? You will NOT lose your trade-in balance.

    Where? 5240 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda, FL.

    When? Early 2019. We will ABSOLUTELY keep you posted via email, Facebook, and our website.

    Why? To take advantage of the better location!

    What about the book arch? Not to worry – the book arch will come with us.

    What about Kitty-Wan Kenobi? He's coming too, of course!

    How can I help? DO SOME SHOPPING! We ordered our usual annual holiday gift items, so we have lots of options for Christmas shopping as well as our usual amazing selection of used and rare books.

    Or, if you are interested in helping us do onerous tasks like pack boxes, our volunteer staff will be THRILLED to have more help. Just ask for a volunteer application and we will get you on board ASAP. The more, the merrier!

    Sandman in the News

    Contact Details

    Sandman Books
    16480 Burnt Store Road
    Punta Gorda, Florida 33955

    Email: info@sandmanbooks.com
    Website: www.sandmanbooks.com