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Bye-Bye, Borders

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 11:45 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

This is sad:

Borders Group Inc. said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it.

[ . . . ]

The company said liquidation of its remaining 399 stores could start as soon as Friday, and it is expected to go out of business for good by the end of September.

The Borders store in the town where I lived for most of my life closed a couple of months ago. I was stunned; the place was always buzzing. Apparently it wasn’t so elsewhere, as Ann Althouse notes about a Madison, Wisconsin, store where she shopped.

The nearest remaining Borders is seven miles from where I used to live and a less convenient 28 miles from my current home. The nearest chain book store is now a Barnes & Noble 15 miles away. I don’t mind Barnes & Noble—they have a great selection as well as a cafe, like Borders had—but Borders just felt more comfortable to me.

Maybe it’s time for me to check out the local independent book store right around the corner from me, Booklovers’ Gourmet.

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