Powell’s Books

1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209

Powell’s may not be the big dog when it comes to books, but its dog-eared volumes keep it near the front of the pack. The book retailer maintains more than a handful of stores in the Portland, Oregon, area including its flagship City of Books store, which covers a city block and contains more than 1 million volumes. It sells new, used, out-of-print, and rare books; it even sells books that are returned to online bookseller Amazon.com. The company operates specialty stores for cookbooks and gardening, technical books, and travel books; it also features author readings and book discussion groups and sells books online. President Michael Powell, whose father, Walter, opened City of Books in 1971, owns the firm.

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3.5

Overall Excellence Rating

Industry

Retail

Category

Media & Entertainment Stores

ESG/Ethical Impact

We are grounded by our company’s core values, which have guided us through the ups and downs of the bookselling industry. Each and every employee’s love of books drives us forward. We look forward to a future filled with many new opportunities, new innovations, and, of course, new books! Our mission is to be the world’s best destination for readers, a place that fosters a culture of reading and connects people with the books they’ll love.We love everything about books. As entertainment, as tools of discovery, and as timeless works of art, we believe books have the unique ability to transport us and transform our world view.We’re conversation starters. We’re an eclectic team of readers with broad interests and strong feelings about the books on our shelves. And we’re committed to sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with our customers every day. We’re nothing without our customers. Powell’s would not be the destination it is now without its loyal customers We recognize that every reader is different. We know readers are as unique and complex as the books we sell. We, in turn, make every effort to engage with our customers, respond to their needs, and learn from their feedback. We’re creative and resourceful. We built our name on innovative bookselling, and we continue to evolve by remaining curious and inventive. We support readers and writers. Through literary events, original content, and a vibrant online community, we’re dedicated to promoting great authors and their books, literacy, and freedom of expression. We exchange ideas. We all play a role in Powell’s success, and it’s the sharing of our unique perspectives that generates exceptional ideas.

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Awards Received

2023

Revenues

$111,900,000.00

Website Traffic

Employee Rating

3.1

Customer Rating

3

Company Size

100-1000

ESG Risk Rating

3

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