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St. Peters Borders Location Slated to Close

Borders Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday and announced it will close the St. Peters store among others.

Borders Group, owners of the Borders book and music stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Store Manager Brendan Cody heard the news Wednesday morning, learning that his  in the Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters will be closing. 

Blaming a difficult economic climate, the bookstore announced that nearly 30 percent of its more than 600 stores nationwide as part of a restricting project.

From the official Borders restructuring site:

"In light of the ongoing impact of the difficult economy of the past few years, and the rapidly changing retailing environment for books and related products, it is essential that Borders restructure itself to reposition its business to be viable and successful over the long term.

To that end, we have determined the best route to undertake the necessary reorganization of our business is through the filing of a petition for reorganizational relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code."

Three area Borders stores are on the chopping block, one in Chesterfield one in Ballwin and one in St. Peters.

Cody, the store manager at the Mid Rivers Mall location, said he didn't have much to comment on about the decision because he doesn't know much. He was told this morning about the impending closure. He said he has been contacting his 31 employees about the closure.

Cody said he hasn't been told about when the store will close. Until an official word is given, Cody said the store would just operate as it normally would.

Cody said Borders has been in St. Peters 10 years, nine at the Mid Rivers Mall location.

"We had a good run," he said.

An employee at the store said there hasn't been a flood of calls coming into the store, but rather calls are going out. The employee said calls are being made to customers who have ordered books and not picked them up.

Bill Reece of St. Peters was shopping in the store shortly before noon, unaware of the impeding closure. 

"That's kind of bad," Reece said. "I always figured this one would remain open. ... That's horrible."

Reece said he's a long-time customer of Borders and prefers the store to rival .

"[Borders] has better selection and better pricing," he said. 

With his choice of store soon to close, Reece wasn't sure where he'd go to get his fill of books.

"I don't know," he said. "I'll probably just shop online."

For more information about the impending closure, Cody said to check out the Borders official site.

Donald Cutler, spokesman for Borders said stores will begin the process of shutting down over the next several weeks. He said Borders isn't commenting on what will happen with the employees in terms of benefits. 

Rachel Heaton contributed to this story. 

Rhonda Shrum February 16, 2011 at 08:02 PM
I find this so sad. There's something so comforting about grabbing a coffee and physically browsing for books, as opposed to ordering online. I love interacting online, but the feel of a book cannot be replaced!
Melissa Short February 16, 2011 at 10:54 PM
I love Borders, so sad to see it go! I sure hope this economy picks up soon.
Linda F.Jarrett February 17, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Border's loss could be an independent's gain. Who knows?
Miriam February 18, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I do feel somewhat badly about them going out of business but then I remember how many small mom and pop shops they've assisted putting down and the feeling of sorrow turns to what comes around goes around.
Maggie Stanley Majors February 19, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I second Linda and Miriam's thoughts. Go buy your books from an independent bookseller! They can order anything you could get at borders or amazon.com. Keep it local!
Linda F.Jarrett February 19, 2011 at 08:19 PM
What's cozier than browsing the shelves of a Mom and Pop bookstore? I've learned about some great books by striking up a conversation with the owner.
Kate Manfull February 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Any suggestions on independents here in Saint Charles?
Holly Hunt February 23, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Kate, there's a great little book store in O Fallon off Bryan Rd. It's located in the little business strip behind the Quick Trip on the corner of Bryan and Feise. It just says "Books" over the entrance, but they're great for a browse and they can order almost anything you're looking for.
Linda F.Jarrett February 23, 2011 at 04:53 PM
I have heard about that one - want to go on my next excursion to "The Far West."

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