by Aimee Levitt
The end is here, after months of being near. To anyone who has been spending time at area Borders stores over the past week or so and seen people carrying out the shelves and the tables and other fixtures, this news should come as no surprise. But now it's official: the Borders in Brentwood and Creve Coeur closed for good yesterday, September 12.
The store in Sunset Hills closes today. The locations in Fairview Heights and South County Center will hang on until Thursday. (The company has posted a full list of closings on its Facebook page.) The Edwardsville Borders has already closed, but will be taken over by Books-A-Million.
CNN published a touching tribute to the original Borders in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which also serves as a reminder of how far the bookseller had strayed from its roots.
On the corporate level, Borders is already done; its last executive, Glen Tomaszewski, who served as vice president, chief accounting officer, controller and treasurer, was cut September 2.
The lawsuits, however, continue. Last week 300 employees at Borders' headquarters in Ann Arbor filed a class action suit against the company for failing to give them sufficient notice that they were losing their jobs. (The plaintiffs cite the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification [WARN] Act, which requires 60 days notice. Officially, they had less than a day, although it could be argued that they should have seen it coming.)
Borders is also currently exchanging lawsuits with Next Jump, the company that managed its Borders Rewards program. Borders says Next Jump started trying to lure customers away as soon as bookstores started closing. Next Jump says it has been falsely accused.