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.
Which Borders stores will close?
East Liberty (the only big bookstore in the city!)
Where to get books in Pittsburgh after Borders closes?
- Half Price Books (Robinson, North Hills, Monroeville)
- Carnegie Library (all over the city)
- Barnes and Nobles (Waterfront, Monroeville, Robinson)
- Where do you buy your books?