Borders, the bookstore chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan today and will be closing almost 1/3 of its stores including the Borders Books and Music in White Flint Mall. Although White Flint is slightly out of our coverage area, the mall is a local shopping destination. Over the years, I’m sure most of us have shopped at the multi-level store down the Pike.
The news is filled with stories about how Borders and Barnes & Noble are struggling financially. At one point last year Barnes & Noble was seeking a buyer and a possible financial deal with Borders was floated.
Last year I attempted to purchase a book as a present at Borders and they had no selection. On the way home I found several books on the subject in Barnes & Noble. Telling? Perhaps.
Do you still buy books in a store? Or on Amazon? Or only electronically for your reader?
Times change. We no longer have Tower Records in Rockville either.