zombie borders, risen from the grave.

There’s a Books-A-Million in the location where our local Borders closed doors a while back. I went in there today for the first time—they opened a week or two ago—and the experience was a little eerie.

The place looks almost exactly like the dead Borders. I’m fairly sure they even recycled most of the signage in the store, because it has that familiar dark red Borders color. Everything is in the spot where it was in the old Borders—the kid books, the YA section, the magazines, the paper-and-pen stuff. They even reused the old cafe furniture for the new Joe Muggs cafe that’s now in place of the old Seattle’s Best Coffee. I swear, it was like stepping back in time a few months. The only difference I noticed was the Christian Fiction section, which is about four times the size of the one Borders used to have. Oh, and there’s now a two-aisle assortment of Bibles. Other than that, the assortment mirrors that of the old Borders…with the exception that the shelves of the Books-A-Million are fully stocked.

On the way out, I bumped into one of the managers, and I was surprised to see that the recycling of Borders stuff even extends to the managerial staff—she was one of the managers at Borders.

So it looks like we have our Borders back in West Lebanon. In a fashion, anyway.

6 thoughts on “zombie borders, risen from the grave.

  1. Sounds spooky. But at least there were’t the mobs of bibliophiles in search of going-out-of-business-discounts!

  2. Ian Argent says:

    Well, that suggests that the failure of Borders was not due to bloody idiocy in placement of a store there, at least. Demand has resulted in a resumption of supply, without government intervention. Funny, that…

  3. Yeah, I was pretty gratified to visit this weekend and see it open. I’m still irritated that they shrunk the Science section in order to put in a two-aisle Bible section, (admittedly and irrationally more so than I would have been if they had shrunk it in favor of, say, the Romance or the Fitness section) but mostly I’m just glad to have a bookstore back in there.

    On the other hand, during the interregnum I stopped by the used book store across the road (the name of which escapes me) and I’m impressed by how nicely they’ve renovated since the flood. I may be stopping by there more often.

  4. Tam says:

    I am willing to overlook BAM’s Jesus-book fixation because they usually have a ginormous SF section and a sizable weapons-worship department.

  5. Jake says:

    Apparently, BAM bought a good portion of Borders assets in the liquidation, and Barnes & Noble got their online business since (IIRC) they were running that as a partnership in the first place.

  6. winston says:

    That’s good news for your local readers! Our Borders went to a chap who runs seasonal remaindered-book clearinghouses, and similarly, he kept the old signs, but dis similarly, he didn’t shelve the books in appropriate categories. They were sold off like groceries, $5 each or three for $12. About a million copies of The Two Towers stacked in a dozen places, but not a one of Fellowship of the Ring.

    He shut down at the end of summer and a Halloween store went in, which somehow did a brisk business selling plastic costume garbage and $200 zombie-baby dolls. Since October 31 we’ve just got another big empty building downtown to go with the failed Chilis, empty Blockbuster, and the Circuit City that was built and never opened.

    Strangely, woods are being cleared down the street for some new construction. What needs to go there that couldn’t go in any of the empty storefronts, I wonder? I guess real corporations don’t go in for sloppy seconds.

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