I know many of you are mourning the loss of your local Borders store the same as I am. I don't have the fortune of having an independent book store near me. There are two used book stores not too far away but one is inconvenient and the coffee out of the range of even an addict like me. The other is so tightly packed with books one can't move let alone relax and browse.
My daughter and I visited our beloved Borders yesterday as they started their clearance sale. The cafe and even the bathrooms were closed. All the tables and chairs, even the soft ones scattered throughout the store, were gone. The things I usually buy in Borders, fantasy and mystery, were only be offered at 10% off, so I didn't pick up any books. I thought to look for a new planner for 2012 or a great calendar but they were no where in sight. The special coffees and really cool mugs were also missing. I guess those poor overworked souls who usually hustled around behind the counter in the cafe were the first to lose their jobs.
My daughter picked up three books, two she needed for her AP classes in the coming school year. The only great buy was 40% off of magazines. I picked up one fitness magazine, one cooking magazine and three for writers. My daughter found three for herself.
The man who checked me out has worked at the store as long as I've shopped there. I gave him my sympathy for the loss of his job. He told me our store was actually a great money maker for Borders but it was going down with the rest of the ship. He also gave me so hope by sharing the rumor that Books A Million might move into some of the stores spot that have had great performances.
As we walked to the car, my daughter talked about how sad it was. We can still drive for 25 minutes over crowded highways to visit the nearest Barnes and Noble but it won't be like having the bookstore ten minutes away. The B&N has always been crowded and will be even more so now. I won't retreat there to work on edits or my blogs when the homestead proves too distracting. There are no coffee shops I know of to use as a quiet though public office. It was sad.
Are you losing your local Borders? Do you have a bookstore you visit for no other reason than the wondrous feeling of being surrounded by books?