East Side Borders Closing, Bookstore Bankrupt

Borders in East Side closing due to bankruptcy

Borders in East Liberty closing due to bankruptcy

Borders officially filed for bankruptcy and they are closing about 30% of their stores. The East Side Borders is one of those 200 stores scheduled to close.

Pittsburgh is losing bookstores left and right. First Barnes and Noble, then the much-loved Joseph-Beth Booksellers closed twice, and now, the last remaining big box bookstore in the city, Borders in East Liberty.

Besides Whole Foods, Borders in East Side is one of the components to the transition from East Liberty to “East Side.” Target will open a couple blocks away, but what could possibly go in the Borders space? Nothing comes to mind. Look at the storefront between Borders and the liquor store… vacant since the the complex was built.

Now this city has an huge empty bookstore on Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill; a huge empty bookstore on Carson Street in South Side; and a huge empty bookstore on Centre Ave in East Side. BORING! The next time a big box department store enters the Pittsburgh market, they should be forced to occupy an existing empty commercial space, instead of getting permits and approval to build more and more buildings that are left behind when they decide to close.

They told their employees not to talk about it? Yes, don’t talk about the fact you’re losing your job. What a joke.

Borders in East Side closing due to bankruptcy

Borders in East Side closing due to bankruptcy

Which Borders stores will close?
East Liberty (the only big bookstore in the city!)
Monroeville Mall
Bethel Park

Which Border stores will remain open?
Northway Mall in North Hills (map)
Pittsburgh Mills (map)

Where to get books in Pittsburgh after Borders closes?

Damn, that was a cozy place to read for free!