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Old 04-24-2011, 11:13 AM
Location: Oak Park, IL
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The Border's in Oak Park is still open, but I have no doubt the entire chain will eventually shut down.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:07 PM
Location: International Spacestation
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blame the Ipad and Kindle....
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:33 PM
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Originally Posted by Jesse69 View Post
Borders - Uptown, North Ave, Clark & Diversey, and Water Tower closed. I was surprised Clark & Diversey and Water Tower closed, I thought those were profitable locations. Too bad, I should have gone to the closeout book sales there too.
I'd heard for several years that the Clark/Diversey store was "underperforming". I also heard as far back as a couple years ago that the Michigan Avenue store was slated to close.

I think the problem is that people browse at Borders, then buy on Amazon where they can get it cheaper and avoid paying sales tax, so even with the shipping charges they come out ahead.

I myself am very sad at the Clark/Diversey store closing and at the fact that I will never again sit on the second-floor windowsill on the Clark side and read there. That store was a favorite hangout of mine for the past fifteen years... and now it's gone. Such is life.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:46 PM
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The Borders on Michigan was almost a staple for me, as a tourist from Boston; they had a very large selection of "Image of America" books about various Chicago neighborhoods/ethnic groups, and I used to buy one during almost every visit ( and then stop in the Nestle's Store nearby for some cookies/brownies). Now, my incentive to spend any time on Michigan Ave has been diminished...
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