Will Independent Bookstores Return When Davis Borders Is Liquidated?

Borders - Davis, CA

In 1998, the City of Davis won its lawsuit to get a Borders built in its downtown, much to the chagrin of residents and many of the local independent bookstores.

For over a decade, Borders was the anchor of the Davis Commons Shopping Area. As of 18 July 2011, Borders failed its attempt to find a buyer, and will close each of its remaining 399 stores and fire almost 11,000 employees. All thanks to the miscalculation of expanding ahead of the digital era and a couple of recessions.

It’s a bittersweet ending for the Davis Borders. First, many city residents reviled the book store before it was even constructed. Second, almost all of the local independent bookstores closed after Borders’ opening. Third, not much complaint about those bookstores closing; more laments. If anything, it gave the city more room for additional restaurants and bars. (Lucky those drinking age students.)

But now, local leaders can squabble about how to fill that empty space, which frankly only another Big Box Retailer can fill (unless major renovation is done). The City received almost fifteen (hopefully good) years from Borders. Hopefully for local residents, additional independent bookstores can return to fill that void for book lovers with Borders’ absence.

Will anyone in Davis cry for the beloved downtown Borders? Probably not. And I wouldn’t bet on a Barnes & Noble, it too has financial problems.

[photo via DavisWiki]