Downtown Borders Headed For Closure?
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That will be a sad day for me if it closes... For one, I would have to get my music & DVDs from *gasp* Sam Goodie. And, that would only leave one retail bookstore downtown: B. Dalton.
I swear, culture is dwindling Downtown. It has become a place only for eating out at overpriced eateries and clubs. At least when the Gaslamp was brimming over with X-rated theaters, there was at least culture, too....even if it came from Sweden ;)
One way Borders is addressing their problems is by diversifying the merchandise, which means having a smaller selection of books (no longer will that book sit on the shelf for three years waiting to find a home), and many fewer (or, for some stores, not any) CDs and DVDs. With books, CDs, and DVDs consolidated, the leftover space is being filled with gift-type stuff attached to the stationery department, and the kids' department is getting a big toy section. There will also be a "teen shop." Some stores, such as National City, have a computer section where you can download music, do genealogical research, and make stuff.
I'm reminded of an old line from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": "First it carried books, and then it was books and coffee, and now it's just coffee. It's like evolution, except without the getting-better part." At the same time, while I don't like the changes, if it helps the company survive the economic downturn, I'm for it. In the future they can go back to more emphasis on books--I hope. The fact is, though, that people (including me) do more and more of their buying on the internets, and brick-and-mortar stores of all types are possibly moribund.
I went in Borders MV the weekend after the LATFoB looking for Los Angeles Noir 2 by Denise Hamilton and Borders didn't have any of her books! Outrageous. So I went over to Mysterious Galazy (and spent way too much money, I might add). Anymore I don't waste my time at Borders. All they do is piss me off. If I want to get mad when I go shopping, I'll go shopping for clothes, for crying out loud.
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