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Borders store officially closed

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The sales are over and the Borders bookstore on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway is officially closed.

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The Borders bookstore's last day was Thursday. The Borders chain announced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
The Borders bookstore's last day was Thursday. The Borders chain announced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February.

The Borders chain announced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, but only closed 200 of its 642 stores at that time. In July, the company announced that liquidation companies Hilco and Gordon Brothers had purchased the store assets and the remaining 399 stores would be closed, including Augusta.

The Augusta store’s last day was Thursday. Workers were clearing out the store Friday.

Company spokeswoman Mary Davis said it’s unlikely that the Augusta store sold all of their books, and that any remaining inventory would go to the liquidating companies’ warehouses.

Davis is one of Borders’ 11,000 employees that will be jobless soon.

“I’ll be out of a job next week,” she said. “It’s not fun.”

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/17/11 - 02:44 am
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(C)ountyman, Don't foget to

(C)ountyman,

Don't foget to spin this closing as another in a long list of your reasons why Heaven has nothing on the AUG.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/17/11 - 02:45 am
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OOPS: Forgot the "r" in

OOPS: Forgot the "r" in "forget."

avidreader
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avidreader 09/17/11 - 08:56 am
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There are some wonderful

There are some wonderful people at Borders that are now out of work. Even though I do not know their names, just a mention of their former employment should raise the interest of a prospective employer. The Border's people were trained well and ALWAYS understood the value of customer service. I will miss seeing them. It's so sad.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/17/11 - 09:19 am
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avidreader....I agree...I

avidreader....I agree...I loved their stores...spent some quietafternoons just browsing (& buying) in the Gwinnett stores ..
Great employees---good service..
So now we have more out-of-work ....think about it..
postalworkers
borders stores
bankof america
real estate
thermo king
srs workers

this is just in the last months....added to the thousands of factory workers already unemployed......
Can we get a grip on job lost here in the US & STOP WORRYING ABOUT EVERY OTHER TOM-DICK & HARRY across the world...

GET THE JOBS GOING AGAIN or get out of congress..

countyman
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countyman 09/17/11 - 01:36 pm
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Craig Spinks.. Borders closed

Craig Spinks.. Borders closed all of their remaining stores around the US.. The closing of the store isn't a reflection of the local economy..

Please ride around the 115 acre Village at Riverwatch.. The $17-$22 million Costco opens on November 16th..

Ride down Jimmie Dyess Pkwy and notice the new traffic signal at the intersection of Harper Franklin... I saw a truck parked behind the trees across from Zaxbys(to the right of Harper Frankilin).. I believe the 25 acre shopping center maybe starting soon.. Workers had already cleared some of the land earlier this year.. The 10k sq. ft. Shoppes at Dyess should begin behind Zaxbys around October/November...

The 18k sq. ft. Cherry Street Shopping Center is underway behind California Dreaming off Washington rd..

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/17/11 - 02:01 pm
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postalworkers bankof

postalworkers
bankof america
real estate
srs workers

Never had a proper job to start with.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/17/11 - 03:30 pm
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(C)ountyman, Have the courage

(C)ountyman,

Have the courage of your convictions. Don't hide behind anonymity.

By the way, how many high-paying, high-tech jobs will the retail "developments" you list provide to residents of the Augusta SMSA?

Moreover, are you unaware that our nation has been a long march away from the prodigal hyper-consumerism which your constant referrals to local retail expansion implicitly extols? Do you blindly hope that the federal and state teats will continue to pour forth undiminished their milk to our area?

Take off your rose colored glasses and take a mature view of the status of my hometown. Anything less is intellectually dishonest and a disservice to our community.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/18/11 - 03:27 am
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OOPS: Line 4- "been" should

OOPS: Line 4- "been" should be "begun."

Piperpig
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Piperpig 09/19/11 - 01:08 pm
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Craig Spinks: I agree with

Craig Spinks: I agree with you somewhat, but using Border's bankruptcy as evidence of Augusta's financial failings also seems intellectually dishonest.

moku12
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moku12 09/19/11 - 07:03 pm
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I did want to confirm on

I did want to confirm on behalf of Mark's Value Store, LLC. an Augusta based LLC that all books at the Augusta Borders were sold. As our company purchased ALL remaining books from the sale as well as many books throughout the sale totalling 8,000 books.

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