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Borders Books at Downtown Crossing is closing [Jun. 9th, 2011|10:14 am]
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[ron_newman]
After seeing the rumor posted on Twitter and another LiveJournal community, I just now phoned the store to confirm. Liquidators are taking over the store on July 1. The store was unable to renegotiate its lease with the landlord under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

This will leave no new-book stores at all in Downtown Boston. Barnes & Noble closed a block away in 2006.

(x-posted to Universal Hub)
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[User Picture]From: ldthomps
2011-06-09 02:19 pm (UTC)
Bummer! We keep losing the good stuff down here (Finagle recently, too), and then nothing replaces them (also see: the Barnes and Noble building that has been empty for years now, Filene's).

Down at the Emerson / Chinatown end things are a little livelier these days, so I have hope. Thanks for the heads up!
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-09 02:23 pm (UTC)
Finagle a Bagel closed? The one on Tremont St across from Park Street Station? When did that happen?

That was my favorite fast food place in the neighborhood.

Edited at 2011-06-09 02:24 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nsilverwolf
2011-06-09 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sometime this early spring. I stopped by there early February for a bagel, then swung by a month later and it was gutted. Surprising to me since it always *seemed* busy.
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[User Picture]From: mockingbird39
2011-06-09 02:38 pm (UTC)
May 1 was their last day. The sign on their door said that a bank offered them big bucks to buy out their lease and they accepted. So yet another bank branch goes in on a block with two others, not counting the ATM vestibule on the corner.

Edit: May 1, not June 1.

Edited at 2011-06-09 02:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-09 02:44 pm (UTC)
The Borders bookstore was originally a bank - Boston Five Cents Savings.
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[User Picture]From: tenshikurai9
2011-06-11 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm now imagining so many banks and ATMs opening, all other businesses lose their space to exist.
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[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2011-06-14 12:56 am (UTC)
ha interesting. I went there on May 1st for breakfast and didn't notice any signs up or anything.
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[User Picture]From: ldthomps
2011-06-09 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as nsilverwolf said, it was pretty abrupt, maybe beginning of April. They still have other locations around, but it was the same story with Really High rents in Downtown Crossing. And I agree, it was good spot.

New paper up over the windows today, so maybe something new will go in - we can hope!
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[User Picture]From: callmetothejedi
2011-06-09 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up!
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[User Picture]From: callmetothejedi
2011-06-09 02:33 pm (UTC)
There used to be a Barnes and Noble on Harvard Ave. in the Coolidge Corner area too, but it went out of business in early 2009. A Healthworks gym took over that space fairly recently.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-09 02:35 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, that neighborhood has the much better Brookline Booksmith. B&N never figured out how to compete with this local institution.
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[User Picture]From: callmetothejedi
2011-06-09 02:37 pm (UTC)
I remember thinking that at the time - that Barnes and Noble closing would (hopefully) drive more business to the Booksmith.
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[User Picture]From: kinnerc
2011-06-09 02:37 pm (UTC)
There still is one downtown new new book location left. A B&N still exists in the Prudential Tower.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-09 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, but that's not downtown. Also in Back Bay, Trident Booksellers & Cafe at 338 Newbury St.
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[User Picture]From: lz1982
2011-06-09 03:01 pm (UTC)
There's also a small B&N at Emerson (next to the Colonial). It's like a tiny version of the Harvard and MIT Coops.
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From: boblothrope
2011-06-09 04:22 pm (UTC)
Does the Emerson B&N have a significant selection of non-textbooks?

There's a few used bookstores downtown:
Commonwealth Books (two stores: Spring Lane, and Milk Street)
Brattle Book Shop on West Street

In South Station, there's Barbara's Bestsellers.

The Calamus Bookstore on South Street is a GLBT bookstore.

Are there any others?
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[User Picture]From: lz1982
2011-06-09 06:12 pm (UTC)
Does the Emerson B&N have a significant selection of non-textbooks?

Yeah, it's pretty similar to an old-school Waldenbooks or B. Dalton. The back has Emerson gear and textbooks, but the front is standard retail bookstore.
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[User Picture]From: justjess
2011-06-10 03:04 pm (UTC)
Also outside of the general downtown area is the big B&N at Kenmore.
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[User Picture]From: brouhaha
2011-06-09 02:59 pm (UTC)
Ugh. What with that and the two Harvard Square bookstore closings (plus a few Porter Square ones in recent months), I am fast losing reasons to live here (umm, not entirely seriously since I still work here and have an apartment, but I will no longer be able to tell people "And there are so many bookstores!").
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[User Picture]From: emmala
2011-06-10 12:43 am (UTC)
wait what porter square bookstores closed?
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-10 01:13 am (UTC)
McIntyre & Moore (there have been several posts about them in davis_square)

Edited at 2011-06-10 01:14 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: brouhaha
2011-06-10 03:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, McIntyre and Moore and also Three Geese in Flight (although technically they didn't close, but moved to California. It was still very sudden and tragic for me since it was probably my favorite).
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[User Picture]From: unappropriate
2011-06-11 03:33 am (UTC)
wait, what harvard square stores closed? i mean, besides wordsworth, cuz that was years ago already...
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[User Picture]From: brouhaha
2011-06-11 03:34 am (UTC)
Curious George just closed like...today I think, or close to it. Globe Corner is closing soon as well. :(
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[User Picture]From: unappropriate
2011-06-11 03:42 am (UTC)
oh wow, i hadn't heard about curious george. :(

i thought globe corner was just closing locations and moving somewhere else in the square...
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-06-11 03:48 am (UTC)
Globe Corner did that years ago -- they're now on Mt Auburn Street in a new-ish Harvard building instead of above Club Passim on Church St. They are closing because the owner wants to get out of the business to deal with medical issues, and he could not find a suitable buyer (he's been trying to sell since last fall).
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[User Picture]From: brouhaha
2011-06-11 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot about Lame Duck closing last year too. sigh.
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[User Picture]From: kathryndearborn
2011-06-09 03:14 pm (UTC)
Poor Borders. It really makes me sad.
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[User Picture]From: dillonpuff
2011-06-10 01:55 pm (UTC)
when I was a kid I spent hours killing time at a borders in maine, so I have special love for them as a chain :|
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[User Picture]From: hrafn
2011-06-09 07:21 pm (UTC)
Augh, no!

Goddammit.
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[User Picture]From: countlibras
2011-06-10 12:59 am (UTC)
Noooooo!!!!
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[User Picture]From: agharta75
2011-06-10 05:59 am (UTC)
Well, there goes the last reason for me to go to Downtown Crossing at all.
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[User Picture]From: dillonpuff
2011-06-10 01:57 pm (UTC)
That was a huge location, I wonder how ridiculous the cost was to lease it.
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[User Picture]From: ravenofdreams
2011-06-12 01:30 am (UTC)
While I bemoan the loss of yet another area bookstore, the part of me that seems determined to move all their stock to my own shelves says "Liquidators? SALES?"
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2011-07-18 02:48 am (UTC)
That could happen as early as this Friday, if nobody outbids the liquidators by Tuesday.
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