“A Giant Once Was Here” – Rest In Peace Borders Book Store

Borders announced today it was going into liquidation. Approximately 10,700 employees from a remaining 399 stores nationwide will be let go.

“We were all working hard towards a different outcome, but the headwinds we have been facing for quite some time, including the rapidly changing book industry, e-reader revolution, and turbulent economy, have brought us to where we are now.” – Borders President Mike Edwards

I enjoy, well soon to be ‘enjoyed’, going to Borders to get my mind off things and read up on material I don’t normally find myself caring about. That’s not to say I won’t buy anything while I am there, it’s just a place of recluse. What better way to spend my money than in a book store? When was the last time you bought something off a whim and it just so happen to be a book? Probably not recently. What you and I are guilty of splurge spending, is probably in Walmart and on something we don’t really need, but want to upgrade. So whose to blame for Borders going out of business? Some will blame the internet, others the economy, but most will say it is a combination of the internet and electronic book tablets that have been hitting the market in the last two years. Another giant unique retailer gone to be likely replaced by some sort of fast food strip that will include Subway attached to Starbucks, a Chipotle, and one of those fancy yogurt joints that always remind me of what prison cafeterias in space would feel like: cold, small, and dispensers of liquid food topped with the topping of the day – Fruity Pebbles. Borders, you will be missed, but most of all, by book worms.

RIP: 1971-2011

Source: LA Times

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