Grand Junction Borders store to close by April 30
Robert Baker frequently comes to Borders, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50, to grab a mocha and check out deals on hot-rod magazines.
That routine will come to an end by April 30, the deadline for the Grand Junction store and 199 other Borders retailers to close under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The national book, music and movie seller filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. It will keep 442 stores open under the bankruptcy agreement.
Baker, 49, is disappointed Grand Junction is one of six Colorado cities losing a Borders store.
“They’ve made me mad, closing this,” Baker said Wednesday while seated in Borders’ outdoor patio area, another amenity he said he will miss. “I can’t believe it’s going out of business.”
Teens Candice Aguilar and Jarrod Castillo weren’t as surprised to hear of the store’s closure.
“I barely come here,” Aguilar said. “We just wanted to look around and see what’s here before it closes.”
Castillo said he goes to Borders only when his mom wants to buy something there. He’s not sure what will happen to bookstores in the future with online competition such as Amazon.com, but he hopes this isn’t the beginning of the end for bookstores in Grand Junction.
“I think we need them for history, but everything’s going on the Internet now,” he said.
Margie Wilson, owner of Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., and Twice Upon a Time Bookshop, 2885 North Ave., Unit B, said bookstores can offer things that online stores can’t, in particular, customer service. Wilson also prides herself on offering a selection of rare and out-of-print books, best-sellers, new and used books and carefully selected Western history and Western Americana fare.
“It is difficult in this economy” to run any business, Wilson said. “However, we’re holding our own.”
Carla Griffin, owner of Turn the Page Used Bookstore, 119 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita, said the niche of selling inexpensive, used books may save her from competitors that thrive on new books.
“People are enjoying paying half the original retail price” for used books, Griffin said. “I haven’t seen much of an effect from iPad or Kindle. I have people who still see the value of a book.”
A manager from Borders’ national chain rival in Grand Junction, Barnes & Noble, was not available for comment during the day Wednesday.
Jeff McDonald said Wednesday as he exited Borders that he never buys books online and has been buying about one book every two weeks from Borders since retiring from Grand Junction Steel two years ago.
“I see people coming and going all the time. I’m not sure why they’re closing,” he said.