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Another ending 
18th-Jul-2011 07:12 pm
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Borders, which entered bankruptcy protection earlier this year, has announced, at the age of 40, that it's going out of business. I knew Borders back when it was a single store in Ann Arbor, only 8 years old. Then it grew to be nationwide. I rejoiced in being able to attend a concert in Dallas in 1993 at the Borders there, and feel at home. And now I can only be saddened that it's the next best thing to gone. I went into Borders #1 last weekend, and provided a "learning experience" for a young man who was working his 3rd day. I wish him luck.

It joins Drake's (candy shop) and Schoolkids (Records) as establishments that have defined what Ann Arbor has meant to me that have since disappeared.

I fear to rejoice too loudly in the few establishments which still exist for fear of the humor of the Fates.
19th-Jul-2011 04:22 am (UTC)
This ex-AnnArborite will also miss Borders.
As for other local establishments, at least Zingerman's is still going strong, last I checked.
19th-Jul-2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Companies that strive to become Great Big Dominant Business ultimately collapse under their own weight and disappear. I wish somebody in the companies I like -- yes, I'm talking about you, Borders -- would notice this and resist the temptation to expand.

I will miss Borders a lot.
19th-Jul-2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I'm pretty damn sad about this too. Not that I've ever been in the #1 Borders, but I'm awfully fond of the one at 13 & Southfield.
21st-Jul-2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
You know, if you come out to AA for Art Fair (running through Saturday) you could... assuming they're OPEN now...

Went there last weekend before last. Don't know if I'll go back. It's just too sad.

Edited at 2011-07-21 01:36 pm (UTC)
19th-Jul-2011 08:16 pm (UTC) - Drake's
I loved Drakes! I still miss it.
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