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A Quick Tip by DianeB

  • Jun 16, 2010
Borders has a large selection, you can usually find a person to help you. Book stores are just a great place to brouse.
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review by . November 10, 2009
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When the F.W. Woolworth chain went bust back in 1997 there was a huge void left in our local shopping center.  About a year later a sign appeared in the window proclaiming  "Coming Soon.....Border's Books".   I thought the idea was preposterous because this was a huge retail space and up until that time most bookstores were locally owned entities and about a third the size of this store.  Nevertheless Borders opened with great fanfare several months …
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2011
It's a shame that this chain seems to be going out of business, another victim of electronic media!  I received a gift card a while back and tried to use it at the two stores I usually go to and they were both gone!  Now I have to go out of my way and spend that money before it is too late!
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2011
I had enjoyed my past trips to Borders but after last weekend's, I'm not so sure anymore. The place looks run down and has lost all the nice ambiance once associated with the chain. What a shame indeed!
review by . November 11, 2009
I love reading books.  It all began when at three Mom decided she was going to teach me how to read.  It was never to get ahead as it was that she wanted me to enjoy reading as much as she does.  I'm not a fast reader.  Certainly not as fast as my mom who can plow through three or four books a week (yeah, a week).  I generally read anywhere from 50-60 books a year.  That's about one book a week or so (depending on the length).  But one thing I'm always doing is …
Quick Tip by . February 18, 2011
Very sorry to hear about Borders declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I know the business model for booksellers has changed dramatically over the past decade but I still think there is a market for this kind of store. Hopefully, Borders will shed their unprofitable stores and emerge stronger than ever. I sure hope so. I enjoy visiting my local Borders at least once each week.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
If you sign up for a Borders Rewards card you can save tons of cash!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
the only bookstore i go to
Quick Tip by . November 12, 2009
Perhaps the only store I wouldn't mind be locked in after hours. They carry just about every book in English in print & prices aren't bad.
Quick Tip by . November 12, 2009
I've spent many lazy afternoons wandering through the shelves of this book store.
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Diane Brainard ()
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Married, 2 adult children - 24 & 22, a dog, 2 cats. I love to read, water ski, party with friends, drive the boat, ride in the boat, party in the boat. Love the sun and the North woods.
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In 1971 brothers Tom & Louis Borders opened a used bookstore, Borders Books, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, targeted at meeting the specific needs and desires of the local academic community. Over the next 20 years they would expand Borders Books by introducing their concept, of tailoring each store’s inventory to the unique market desires of the supporting community, to academic based communities all over the United States.

In 1992 the Kmart Corporation, the owner of Waldenbooks since 1984, purchased Borders Books and merged the two companies in an effort to improve the struggling mall based Waldenbooks chain. By 1995 Kmart, under pressure from shareholders and the dominance of the book market by Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble declared the merger a failure. Borders-Walden Books was spun off into a new publicly traded company, the Borders-Walden Group Inc., later to be renamed the Borders Group. This created the United States’ second largest book retailer behind Barnes & Noble Inc.

In March of 2008, in response to global retail conditions, the recessionary U.S. economy and the resulting reduction in sales Borders retained J.P. Morgan Securities and Merrill Lynch & Co. as advisors on strategic alternatives for the company. These include the possible sale of the company or certain corporate divisions. In addition dividend payments have been suspended, a head count reduction instituted company-wide at all levels and a $42.5 million dollar emergency financing...

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