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Borders to Close Doors in Farmingdale

Customers react with disappointment as big box bookseller heads toward final chapter.

Some came out of habit and others looking for deals, but patrons of the in Farmingdale were in agreement on one main point: the loss of the store will hit hard.

Whether the store will offer great price reductions before it closes its doors for good or precisely when the Farmingdale store will close remain uncertain: "Maybe Friday, maybe Monday," an employee said, noting that a company conference call Tuesday morning hadn’t clarified a lot of details.

But the one certainty is that it will close, along with the other 398 Borders stores around the country as the chain was unable to sell its stores to a buyer and has to liquidate its operations.

The Farmingdale store had a steady stream of customers, those who shop there regularly or enjoy the store's free wi-fi service.

Brooke, who said she buys books regularly but usually goes to the nearby Target store, said, "I came here because I heard they were closing. They have a good selection but the prices haven't dropped," she said, holding a bag of about a half dozen books she had just purchased.

She has some specific shopping habits, reaching into a bookshelf to check the width of a book before she decides to purchase.

"I like to check a book for thickness, since it's not worth the $10 if it's too thin," Brooke said. But she reads a lot -- with tastes ranging from biographies to self help -- and said the store will be missed.

Lisa Abatiello said her son, Lorenzo, likes to buy airplane books at the store, which they visit every couple of weeks. "It's sad; this is depressing," she said. "There's practically nothing left" of bookstores in the area, Abatiello added.

Deborah Elliott, of Wheatley Heights, had a different problem. She was worried about what happens next because she counts on the Borders staff to help with her e-book reader.

"I'm very upset," Elliott said. "I come here, they help me put my books in the Kobo book reader. They've been so nice. Sometimes my husband comes with me and he buys some coffee and they help me and I'm here a couple of hours. Now I don't know what I'm going to do."

Elliott said the store's employees had given her directions on how to use Kobo website but "It's not the same as getting help" and described herself as computer illiterate. She said she'd bought the device in November and has about 25 books on the reader. "I don't know if I'm going to be able to use it."

Yet for Natalie Ditucci, of Levittown, the bookstore's closing is just about the end of the story. "It's closing," Ditucci said. "What can you do?"

Tanii C. July 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
While sad for the employees and the people that shopped there, bookstores especially pricey chains are going the way of the dodo. Very rarely do you see people with physical books on the train anymore its all about the e-readers. I personally stopped buying books (except for gifts/my boys) quite sometime ago, I couldn't justify the expense/clutter so I got a handy dandy library card and can get virtually any book I want wih little wait time. Again sorry for those losing their jobs/hangout but technology is a blessing and curse like that.
Rosemarie Stauber July 20, 2011 at 11:09 AM
This is sad news that the Fdale Borders is closing - despite all the business issues, I had hoped that this location would survive in some way. Whether or not anyone reads with a physical book or the e reader, the 'books' have to come from somewhere. This Borders location was very helpful to me when our child was young, always having great customer service so that I could find the best book for our child. Even though I am a regular library patron, there is nothing compared to 'owning' a book.... Remember that our libraries have evolved with technology, and that libraries are 'not juts books' anymore - and I, for one, still enjoy to give the gift of a book, especially to a child. Lastly, to hear that another local business has closed is not good for our town.
Tom July 20, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Although it is sad that Borders is closing (especially for the 11,000 employees), think of all the nice mom-and-pop bookstores that were put out of business by Borders. Perhaps it is simply Karma. Maybe some small mom-and-pop bookstores with nice personal service can open again,
SueRH July 21, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Unfortunately, small mom and pop stores don't have the selection that Borders does. I'm going to miss it a lot!
Andrew B. Herzman July 31, 2011 at 06:20 PM
CD stores closed, DVD stores are closing and now book stores are closing. It's because of the new electronic age we are in. You can have all your CDs, DVDs and books on your iPad and download new one in seconds at a touch of a button.

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