Borders to Shutter Stores on North Side

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Along with filing for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, Borders announced it would be closing at least 200 stores, or roughly 30 percent of its retail outlets.

For residents on Chicago’s North Side, that’s going to feel more like 100 percent.

Targeted for extinction: Borders stores in Uptown (4718 N. Broadway), Lakeview (2817 N. Clark), Lincoln Park (755 W. North Ave.) and Lincoln Village (6103 N. Lincoln). Evanston is also feeling the pain, as is Hyde Park.

Expect big going-out-of-business bargains in the weeks ahead, though if the closing of the Borders on Michigan Avenue late last year is any indication, decent pickings will be slim.

The State Street store was spared the axe, small consolation for a city that launched Oprah and her gazillion-member book club.

It’s tempting to hope that bereft book lovers will flock to indie outlets like The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, or Ravenswood Used Books, 4626 N. Lincoln. But a more likely scenario has Amazon laughing its Kindle off.

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  • http://twitter.com/spavis Sarah Pavis

    shouldn’t the hyperlocal blog be encouraging us local neighbors to shop at the local bookstores? :-p

    • Anonymous

      Of course we are! And hopefully our local guys benefit more from the closing of Borders than the other big guys do.

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope Uptown finds someone to fill that space. That area is just beginning to show some signs of life. Hope it doesn’t begin to slide backwards.

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