Books-A-Million, sometimes called BAM!, was founded in 1917 by Clyde Anderson in Florence, Alabama. The company started as a small newspaper and magazine stand on a street corner. Soon, Anderson took his profits and purchased a bookstore in 1964, which he named Bookland. Bookland is still in business, operating today as a subsidiary of Books-A-Million.
Today, the company is the second largest bookstore chain in the U.S. With more than 250 stores, approximately 5,500 full time employees, as well as an eCommerce site, it’s difficult to not find a one of these chains in any large city in America. The company is second in size only to Barnes & Noble.
In addition to the book stores, the company also owns a distribution and wholesale book subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company, as well as NetCentral, an internet service company. The company recently acquired Yogurt Mountain in 2010.