Borders Store in Tacoma to close Sunday

You might have heard that roughly 200 Borders stores will be shutting their doors by late May. My pal Rachelle let me know that the Tacoma store (on 38th near the Tacoma Mall) will be closing this Sunday. I happened to be in the area this afternoon, so I popped by.

As she mentioned, everything was 80-90% off. The stock was pretty slim, but there was still enough to browse. I found a few new treasures to peruse on those nights I like to sit by the fire and read a book (yeah, right…when does that ever happen?!).

I found A Guide to the Birds of East Africa (the cover says the style is similar to Alexander McCall Smith), Ethan Frome (one of those classics I never worked my way through in school), Dear American Airlines (a novel about a man who gets stuck at the airport and misses his daughter’s wedding), and a book about the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

All told, I spent $6.47 out of pocket and saved…

Here are some things I found but did not buy:

  • Lots of copies of Nicole Richie’s book.
  • Lots of copies of Obama’s and Sarah Palin’s books.
  • A copy of Jon & Kate Gosselin’s book on “surviving and thriving” with multiples.
  • When Mommy Needs a Time Out and the Migration of Animals (these were about the only titles left in Childrens).
  •  The Situation Workout  on DVD (you know, of The Jersey Shore “fame?”).

If you’re just looking for something to read as I was, you might want to head over there. Or, if you’re in the market for bookshelves (yes, those were for sale too). You might also inquire if a store nearer to you is about to close too.

Although, the whole thing made me a little sad. I remember when that Borders went in years ago. It was one of the first “big” bookstores in the area and I remember how special it was to go there. For some strange reason, I’m feeling an urge to watch You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

Have you visited any Borders lately? Found anything?


  1. says

    We’ve been to the Tacoma Borders a few times since it was announced it was one to be closing. I also remember when it opened. I am sad it is closing. It was great to walk in and know you could stay until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. I spent a lot of time there getting books for college, myself, gifts, and just to sit and read in a comfy chair. I’ll have to visit one last time this week even if I don’t find anything I want, just to say good-bye to a long-time friend.

  2. says

    I remember when that store opened, and Mrs. Bridgan was talking about it. I had never heard of a Borders before. One of my first jobs was at Borders, the one that used to be in the parking lot across the street from SeaTac Mall in Federal Way. I was part of the opening crew. We stocked all the shelves for the grand opening. I was so sad when they closed it and moved to the mall, and now that one is closing. I’ll watch You’ve Got Mail with you…the whole thing makes me sad. :( But…nice deals!! Haha!

    • arussell says

      Store closing sales are always bittersweet, IMHO. It’s great to snag a deal, but the circumstances make me sad. And seeing that lone copy of The Situation Workout DVD and a “Happy 60th Birthday, Mom!” greeting card while waiting to checkout made me even more depressed somehow.

  3. says

    I got that exact same Birds of East Africa book!

    I do think the style is very similar to the Alexander McCall books. It hasn’t exactly kept me riveted so far, but it’s a cute read.

  4. Patrice says

    I can’t bear to walk into the Tacoma Borders. My daughter’s piano teacher used to organize recitals upstairs during the Christmas holidays. It was always a fun event–the grandparents would come and we’d go out to eat dinner afterwards. Nothing lasts forever.

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