Drunks despair - Borders closes 5 stores, 50% off everything
When I worked in London and imbibed in various bars near Great Portland Street, I'd invariably wake up every so often to find a carrier bag full of books by my bedside, with no initial recollection of buying them. Such was the joy of a bookshop keeping similar opening hours to the pubs, and hence the reason that while there may be bigger and better, Borders on Oxford Street exceeds all expectations for the pissed bookworm.
Future drunks will not know such a pleasure; Borders is closing down five stores across the UK, including their flagship branch at London Oxford Street. Borders have admitted to selling the stores to raise further investment - the five stores in Oxford Street, Llantrisant, London Colney, Dublin and Swindon have already been bought by gaudily coloured fashionmeisters New Look.
The good news for you is that yesterday Borders began a closing down sale; unlike Woolworths stores and their up to 50% closing down sale, Borders have reduced everything in price by half, until all stock is sold. Unsurprisingly, this was the scene at the Oxford Street store yesterday afternoon, as the swarms of man-locusts passed through:
If you're brave enough to take a tube in the direction of Borders early doors, let us know whether there's still a bargain to be had or whether the shelves have been picked clean.