Add to the list of upcoming Borders’ closing their outlet in Syracuse’s big Carousel Center mall. A supervisor there tells the local paper they will close some time in March, citing only “a lease situation.” It is the only bookstore in the big shopping center.
That closing comes on top of the 14 Borders that closed last week, and another approximately 17 stores that publishers have been told will close by the end of January (though the company has so far declined to confirm that number, even though publishers have been provided a list of stores and expected closing dates).
Among indie stores, Portsmouth, NH’s travel bookstore Gulliver’s Travels Books will close shortly. Owner Alison Tucker tells the local paper “it’s time.” The paper says it was “the emergence of online companies like Amazon and Google Books and the availability of e-books that encouraged her to get out while she’s still in a good position.”