Posted by: eileenandrory | November 26, 2009

The Demise of Borders UK Ltd

It is a sad day.

It was announced today that Borders UK Ltd has gone into administration. For the 1500 or so employees that work for Borders it is going to be a turbulent time.  There are many reasons for me to mourn the loss of this company that i helped build <that may be a stretch>.

Unlike most retail – Borders staff <and it’s probably the same with most bookshops> are incredibly passionate about the product, i love books and my time with Borders was probably the best of my working life.

I’m saddened by the loss of this high street icon.

What is going to happen to all the people, knowledge and expertise?

I’ve noticed a trend though in recent years, here in New Zealand we have slowly been losing the high street music shops, who’s to say what we will lose next?

Borders staff have been complaining about the supermarkets and Amazon for the demise of the high street stores, and it’s true as a consumer i am always looking for a better deal.

But the consequence is being felt, one day i’m going to wake up and there will no longer be book shops to wander through, we will be told what to read by the supermarkets, or the featured book on Amazon.

As i said its sad.

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