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Alameda's Borders Bookstore Slated to Close

Parent company filed for bankruptcy Wednesday.

Alameda's bookstore, which opened in May 2008, is one of the more than 200 Borders stores nationwide stores slated for closure.

The Borders Group announced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing Wednesday. 

"These stores are expected to close by the end of April 2011," said a Feb. 16  news  release from Borders. "The list is not final and does not create any obligation by Borders Group with respect to the closure of any specific store."

You can see the list of projected closures here.

Vanessa February 17, 2011 at 05:11 AM
My husband says it is "all my fault." Excessive use of coupons.
Tom Brody February 17, 2011 at 05:24 AM
Too bad. What will the south shore mall do for an anchor store now? I suggest a big discotheque, with a different style of music each night. Ashkenaz in Berkeley is a dance hall/music venue with a different style of music each night. When Borders re-opens as a music hall/discotheque, I suggest the following type of schedule: (1) Mondays. Carribean music and Hawaiian music, preceeded by dance lessons and lessons in gourd-drumming techniques. (2) Tuesdays. Persian music, preceeded by snake charming lessons. (3) Wednesdays. Russian music with free bear-training, for patrons having a pet bear. For patrons not owning a bear, special written permission may be acquired to substitute a dog for a bear. (4) Thursday. Hillbilly banjo music, hog calling, and musical spoon performances, with free clogging lessons. (5) Friday. West Virginia bluegrass fiddle music, also with clogging lessons. (6) Saturday. African American classical music, also known as "jazz." (7) Sunday. Gospel music performances.
joel February 17, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Tom I love it . may be some type of cross that can change shape everyday The store was doomed the day it open , the reason was well known by the Rasch of Alameda the Co that built the shopping center , in 1990 as I recall , these peoples went and presented their case to the Mayor then Mr Ralf Appezzatto a "real mayor" stated the City of Alameda due to it's size and median income could not sustain a modern shopping center Emeryville type. City staff went to work .....Well they have found a German sucker , someone did not do their homework that's gone hurt . I am very sorry for all the Employees that are loosing their jobs and do not care at all for Border , they had no second thought putting out of business small profitable business .
Diane C. White February 17, 2011 at 05:53 AM
Tom, your suggestion for the Borders space is absolutely hysterical!! May I have your permission to copy & paste this into my Facebook status to share with friends? And I also think your idea for the Borders space is great!! Seriously though, I am sad about this. I like the greeting card section a lot! A lot of folks like & use the Cafe upstairs. The shelves and inventory were not well kept up at all though. At least we have the excellent Books Inc. on Park.
Margo Rose February 17, 2011 at 07:42 AM
It would be great to have more places to dance in Alameda. How about adding some blues, funk and R&B to those very exotic musical suggestions?
Turnstile February 17, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Then I'm at fault also.
Turnstile February 17, 2011 at 03:19 PM
First of all, I love Borders. I love to go there with my family to read and every once in a while buy something. Over the years I've noticed people bringing there laptops and homework or paperwork and just camp out at the coffee shop area. I mean reading is one thing but to sit there and do business over the cell phone and having stacks of Borders books for homework and all is something else. I don't know if that was Borders intention all along but somewhere along the way it's business model changed. Can't say I'll miss Borders because we a great book store on park street called "Books Inc.". Sorry people no tables for Laptops or Homework just good old fashion reading.
joel February 17, 2011 at 06:28 PM
in short more money in the local economy , not to some company based God only know where , every dollar spend in local support the local economy , not so when you swipe the credit card as soon as you do the funds are on the other side of ther Country , meaning less funds available locally. That is a fact , the second fact small businesses are the one that supported the entire US economy the last few years not the General motors , Fords , circuit city , comp usa , and Suncal , when the business went sour they bailed out leaving every one in a lurch . Sorry for my Spelling and improper zinglish
Chelsea O'Hara February 17, 2011 at 07:24 PM
2 words...Books , inc.!!!!Support your local economy! Books inc is a great asset to Alameda. They make donations to our schools and support other local organizations in Alameda. Thank you Books, inc. Borders....I am sorry I never purchased anything in your shop and I hope that the employees losing their jobs( as they are probably our local neighbors) can find new ones at Books, inc when it starts booming again after the close of Borders.
Tom Brody February 18, 2011 at 05:53 PM
The advantages of a disco are as follows: (1) During the 1970s, there was a big disco located on upper University Avenue in Berkeley. I believe that it was called Keystone, but it was totally distinct from the Keystone in San Francisco which brought high-quality jazz (African-American classical music) to the City. During the 1990s, another disco was located in Berkeley, namely, THUNDER BAY. During the 1960s, a small disco was located in Hayward, on a second level space. I believe that it was run by a Christian group. My rock'n'roll band played there (we were not very good). Also, during the 1960s, an incredible disco called ROLLARENA was in San Leandro on East 14th Street. The Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Yardbirds, and other groups played at this disco. (I saw the Byrds there, and I saw the Baytovens there too.) My own rock'n'roll group played there (but we were not very good). Would a disco attract the criminal element? I don't know. (2) The cost would be minimal. All you need is lots of space, perhaps a few colored spotlights, and a sound system. (3) Aside from money, there is nothing more important to Americans the exercise. Disco dancing provides exercise to people who have not cultivated a liking to the out-of-doors, and who have no interest in hiking in Tilden Park or at Point Reyes. (4) The southshore mall is a good place for a disco, because there are no residential homes, where people could be bothered by the noise.
Tom Brody February 18, 2011 at 06:04 PM
You may copy the writing, and re-word it slightly to suit your own writing style, and then paste into FACEBOOK.
Tom Brody February 18, 2011 at 06:10 PM
In some towns, BORDERS is an important source of culture. Elk Grove, California is an example. Elk Grove has a large BORDERS, filled with books and compact discs. Elk Grove does not exactly have anything like San Jose's marvelous Tech Museum. Elk Grove does not exactly have anything like San Francisco's De Young Museum. Elk Grove is just a bedroom community. But Elk Grove does have BORDERS, which serves the very useful need of informing children that there is more to the world than violent video games, and social network chit-chatting (like the social network chit-chatting you read right here)!
joel February 20, 2011 at 06:16 AM
The loaded question remain how long the other key tenants will stay , Trader Joe wich I have been a customer since 1980 can stand alone and do not need towne center they actually would do very well on Park street , I do wonder if there is a connection with the new German Owner of South Shore and the california Bavarian club from wich Mr Rodney Gilnmore is a menber .

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