Blog: Farewell, Borders

A new Davis resident and avid reader takes a look back at Borders.

Have you visited Borders lately?

If you haven't, then your time is unfortunately running out.  It’s hard to believe that all of the , including the one in Davis. 

Before of the retailer's closing, I visited the Davis Borders a number of times.  I’ve always loved to read.  Any bookstore that carries new books, such as Borders, is always a guaranteed haunt of mine.

But I also enjoy used bookstores. I love the great bargains and weathered paperbacks that carry such history.  I always wonder where those books have been and whom they belonged to, with their cracked spines and 
dog-eared pages.  

But as for the smooth and pristine hardcover books that Borders offers, I can’t resist those, either.

So, imagine my excitement when I found out that Davis had a Borders tucked away across the street from downtown.  And imagine my disappointment when, several weeks later, I found out that Borders would be closing all of its stores. 

I know I’m not the only one,
 either.  Every person I’ve mentioned this piece of news to has always reacted with disappointment. Many of them enjoyed Borders for reasons similar to mine.

I think it’s safe to say that the parking lot attached to Borders is one of the most
crowded place in Davis.  There were always dozens of cars in Davis parking lot whenever I visited.

Now that going-out-of-business sales are in full swing, it’s nearly impossible to nab a space. Many more spaces will surely be availble once the store's doors are closed. 

My most recent trip was last week. Giant red signs that advertise 40 percent off hung everywhere. New books were piled onto book stands normally used for sale items. There was an air of sadness in the building.  

When I went to check-out counter with my own purchases, I asked the cashier when Borders would be closing. She said that they weren’t sure; it could be a couple of weeks or a
couple of months, depending on the situation.

Weeks or months?  Either way, the end is near.

I enjoyed the Borders bookstore in Davis and I’m sad to see it leaving, especially right after I moved to the town.  I still can’t bring myself to take my Borders Rewards card out of my wallet just yet. I’ll remember the various Borders bookstores I’ve visited, including the
one in Davis.

Speaking of which… I’m off to Borders!


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Gerard Butler August 10, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Another great blog....very informative. Thanks!
Jeremy Ogul August 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I'm not that bothered that Borders is closing. Davis has some great bookstores with at least as much character as Borders. Check out Sweet Briar Books on G Street, The Avid Reader on Second Street, and Logos Books on Second Street (you can find the specific addresses and cross-streets on Davis Wiki). There is also the UC Davis Bookstore -- not that it has much character, but you can probably find most of what you'd find at Borders there, or at any of the other independent bookstores I mentioned.
Alex Gronke August 16, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Hi Jeremy -- thanks for your suggestions. Where would you tell the college students to go for used books?
Chandler Hotchkin August 17, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I've been into the UC Davis bookstore a few times and have been impressed with how much they have. I haven't been in the others yet but I certainly will. Thank you, Jeremy!
Dana Falce April 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Chandler, I always enjoy your blogs. they are always of a positive and thoughtful nature. I too, miss Borders, regardless of other places to read books. Your blog was well written, I look forward to reading more!


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