Champaign Borders' final day set

CHAMPAIGN — The Borders store in Champaign will close its doors forever on Tuesday.

The books and music store, 802 W. Town Center Blvd., has been holding a liquidation sale since the company announced in July it was closing its stores around the country.

Over the summer, Michigan-based Borders said it would close most of its 399 stores by September. Books-A-Million, based in Alabama, is acquiring some stores in the Northeast and West.

"The 13th is the last day," Champaign manager Al Morrison said.

Everything left is still for sale, with all the fixtures being sold for 50 percent off. Bookcases are going for three for $100. General merchandise is 70 to 90 percent off, with most of the items at 90 percent off being calendars and large-print items.

Until the closing, the store is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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jdmac44 wrote on September 09, 2011 at 8:09 am

Alright! 70-90% off Borders retail! Maybe now they'll be competitive with Amazon's prices? I understand they're a brick and mortar store with customer service, you can go and browse/read the books there, all things that I like very much...but if they had just brought their prices down a bit more and tried to compete in the most distant definition of the word, they might have made it. When I go to their going out of business sale and look at a book I might be interested in and then look it up on my phone and see that Amazon is still fifty percent cheaper, they were never trying. I hate to see the brick and mortar stores die, but I know I'm not going to be able to save them alone and really with that kind of greed, I don't want to.

ddf1972 wrote on September 09, 2011 at 9:09 am

Another sad day, when a university town is down to one bookstore selling new releases. Amazon is always going to be cheaper - it's too bad there wasn't room for both. I like to look at things before I buy them, browse, etc. - try doing that in front of your monitor.

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on September 09, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Now some of the inhabitants of the book world do not waste their book-buying energy on gas to drive to a bookstore; pull out their cell phone; dial in the bar code; find it a dollar or two cheaper;
drive home again; turn on their computer; order the book; pay the postage; use their secondary bank account to process the order; then finally receive the merchandise after another consumer has already read half the same book in the time it takes to do all the extra steps when the final comparative price saving is totally wiped out from the excessive energy spent doing it.

Furthermore--the expansion/opening of the chain of bookstores in the 90's we are talking about has now proven to have been an even bigger waste of humanitarian energy and will be recorded in history as such. The book world was more stable and perfectly accessible before all this "development" took place. Land, taxes, trees, jobs, gas, unwanted books, have all been caught up in this waste-chain roller coaster.