This week, we got the unfortunate news that Borders Books was going buns up, liquidating, going out of business. They had already closed a large amount of their stores in the last couple months, but I guess this wasn’t enough to hold off the wolves.
AMB and I stopped at the McKnight Road store this afternoon and the parking lot was filled. We were saying as we pulled into the lot, “Too bad these people weren’t here during the last couple months.” Walking into the store, we heard someone else saying the same thing.
I hate to say it, but I am among that group. I haven’t been there myself in the last couple months.
People were carrying out big bags of stuff, all happy savers…or would it be happy scavengers? The store was advertising up to 40% off but almost everything was 10% off. I saw a few 20% off deals but the only 40% things I saw were the periodicals. The big sales will come later, as the stock dwindles down.
Myself, I picked up a few Moleskin notebooks, (I love these books!) a New York Gazetteer, a couple Neil Gaimen books that I didn’t have and a Pittsburgh Crossword Puzzle book. I also got 4 new books for the ECP Library while I was there.
The store was originally opened in 1971 by two brothers, Tom and Louis Border. I’m not sure when they first came to Pittsburgh.
I have so many good memories of this store. The first Borders store I visited was over near South Park. (Could it have been the first store in the area?) How could I ever forget going to the Monroeville store to see Neil Gaimen do a reading of one of his books? Wow, was that event crowded, all the leather jackets, black hair and tattoos… How could I ever forget all the nice afternoons I spent with Chelsey browsing through the books and sipping coffee and hot chocolate in the cafe’? I saw a performance of Carmen by the Pittsburgh Opera there once….While she sang Habanera,
I know for a fact the soprano was singing to me and me alone! I can also remember seeing Squonk Opera there once. Lots of other groups played in the coffee shop and made my afternoons and evenings so much nicer, too bad I can’t remember their names…
I bitched about them when they moved in to the city, small book stores went out of business because they couldn’t offer what the big box store could. This was real problem to me, but I guess it is just part of life in general, change…it’s inevitable. You can’t get away from it, as we see, once again, with Borders.
You can be sure I’ll remember Borders!