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Tacoma, Federal Way Borders stores to close by May 2011

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on March 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm with 11 Comments »
March 17, 2011 3:45 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that Borders has added 28 more stores to its list of 200 closings it plans as part of its bankruptcy filing last month.

The Tacoma and Federal Way stores now will close in May 2011 according to a company list. That brings the number of stores closing in Washington to four. The Gig Harbor and Lynnwood locations will close in April 2011.

Borders said DJM Realty, a national real estate firm, will “manage the disposition” of its closed properties.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February. It said then it planned to close a third of its 642 stores nationwide. With this latest announcement, Washington will go from 14 stores to 10, with the Puyallup location the only one left in Pierce County.

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  1. tree_guy says:

    Hard for brick and mortar businesses to compete with the sales tax free internet businesses and the sales tax free State of Oregon just 3 hours away. Thanks voters for giving us a business killing 9.3 sales tax rate here in Tacoma. You must like high vacancy rates, high unemployment rates, and high business failure rates.

  2. sjsinger says:

    Hey tree_guy it’s not the ridiculous sales tax rates fault as much as I also dislike it. It’s Amazon and it’s kin doing in the classic retail store. You can buy the books at Amazon at a cheaper price even though you’re still paying the sales tax.

  3. “Hard for brick and mortar businesses to compete with the sales tax free internet businesses and the sales tax free State of Oregon just 3 hours away.”

    I doubt too many folks around here drive to Oregon to buy a book.

    At any rate, I read in the Wall Street Journal today that there a big push by Walmart, Target and others to push for legislation that makes Amazon and others to collect sales tax on all their Internet sales.

    The funding cuts at the state level may get it the extra push to make it happen.

    There is also a push by individual states to do what New York has done to collect more sales taxes on Internet sales.

    You can go to the library and read the article tree_guy.

    Oh! Wait! You think the library is a waste of money.

  4. No, people do not drive to OR to buy a book, but Powells Book Store is a destination for me whenever I head toward OR!
    And they do ship tax-free to WA.

  5. skippythedog says:

    Too bad….gonna leave a big hole on that corner, which is kind of a gateway to the biggest retail area in Tacoma…..not good for Tacoma’s image.

  6. a1cat4lady says:

    Very sad to hear that the Tacoma Borders is closing. Yes Skippy, it will leave a very big hole on the corner. It was a wonderful oasis to browse and look at books and magazines before actually buying. The problem with buying online is you don’t get to preview first to determine if the item is really a good fit for you. It seems like we’re entering a decline of our civilization…

  7. The problem with buying online is you don’t get to preview first to determine if the item is really a good fit for you.

    Read more:

    Not true. At least at Amazon you can read a few pages of the book on line or you can download a few pages to your Kindle at no cost.

  8. Meh, better Borders than the public library…I would find that to be much more devastating…And yes, I will and have driven to Oregon just to visit Powell’s its definately worth the drive ;)

  9. Sobriquet says:

    That’s unfortunate. I’m far from a “book person” but I always enjoyed that store (in Tacoma).

    That being said, I would almost never leave without having bought some random book or at least a magazine.

    It was a good place to browse around and happen upon a subject of interest.

    I will miss it when it’s gone.

    Perhaps history will reverse itself and in the absence of such big box stores, small book sellers will again thrive and become in vogue…

  10. Border’s could have added internet sales for all of their products and even added some. To be bested by your competition without competing on an equal footing is the fault of the upper management. is so much more than an online bookstore, they sell everything and I mean everything. I have bought power tools, office supplies, books, a Kindle, books for the Kindle, food stuff, kitchen supplies, kitchen appliances, etc. the list goes on. Shame on Borders for not realizing their potential and stepping up to the plate, you know at one time I’m sure Henry Ford was blamed for the demise of every industry that had a relationship to the horse and buggy. Shortsighted management is the blame not the competition. By the way, has always charged me sales tax on my purchases and I still got a better deal even with shipping costs, what does that tell you?

  11. rockrabbit says:

    Good. They should tear down the entire Tacoma Mall area and start over. I’m only halfway kidding.

    At the very least, I hope this is good for Kings Books, which I feel better about supporting than Border’s anyway.

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