Borders Closing Half of Illinois Stores

February 16, 2011

Borders’ failure to reach an agreement with creditors has resulted in the announcement that the chain will file for Chapter 11 and nationally 200 of its 642 stores  are being closed. Unfortunately, the Evanston and the Chicago store on Lincoln Ave are included on the list. Keep an eye out for clearance sales which may begin this weekend. (This article explains which Illinois stores will remain open.)

Shira S.

Future of Bookstores Large and Small

February 11, 2011

A recent update on the status of  Borders‘ finances  reflects an uncertain future. Despite the massive loan  obtained several days ago (and  noted here)  from GE, the chain  may be headed toward bankruptcy. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.





On the bright side I found an article about a small independent store in NY that is growing its business enough to expand physically. The owner, Suzanna Hermans,  thinks that personal service plus the sense of  community offered by Oblong Books will ensure her store’s longevity.

(Isn’t that what people say about libraries?)

Shira S.

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