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Bad news - book store closing

November 6, 2009 - Diane Speer
Working at a newspaper, I'm used to hearing/reading bad news. Still, I'm personally frustrated by the latest bit of negative news that just passed my way. Granted it isn't on par with this week's horrific shooting at Fort Hood, but it's bad news for the community, bad news for book lovers and bad news for me. Waldenbooks at the Alpena Mall is set to close sometime after the first of the year.

Borders Group Inc., based in Ann Arbor, has announced its plans to close 200 of its mall-based Waldenbooks and Borders locations, including the store in Alpena. As a lover of books and magazines, Waldenbooks has always been one of my favorite places to stop whenever I'm at the Alpena Mall. Maybe it didn't always have the huge selection of the bigger stores that have sprung up in recent years, but staff was always more than willing to go online and order any book for me.

I'm sure the closing is just one more casuality of a severely sagging economy. And I'm sure I'm just one of many who will miss having a local book store in our midst. It's definitely not a good news day for me.


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