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Four Hawaii Borders bookstores will close

The Borders book store in Waikele The Borders book store in Waikele
Vernon Ansdell Vernon Ansdell

WAIKELE (HawaiiNewsNow) -  Borders will be closing its doors at four locations in Hawaii.

The company filed for reorganization relief under chapter 11. The Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Lihue and Waikele locations are just some of the 200 plus stores that are on the chopping block. Some customers are saddened that bookstores like borders are slowly disappearing.

Ilima Intermediate student, Kayla Agtang said that bookstores like borders helped with her school work when libraries weren't open. An avid reader, the 8th grader said that she buys a book from Borders at least once a month. "It's nice to go back and re-read your books or share your books with other people that don't necessarily have the money to buy some," said Agtang.  

The closure of the Borders store in Waikele leaves customers like Agtang no choice but to drive even farther for a bookstore. "I kind of feel bad that we actually have to spend more gas money going all the way to either Ala Moana or Pearlridge to buy a book."

Internal medicine physician, Vernon Ansdell thinks that book stores are a slowing fading trend. "I have always been a fan of books. So I love book stores. I think the trend that we are losing bookstores is going to be really sad," said Ansdell.

Kaneohe resident, Ansdell says with tablets and electronic books, closures of bookstores are signs of the future. "I guess you can say that I'm old fashioned but just being able to have something to turn the pages..even when it's an ipad or a kindle, its just not quite the same."

Borders employees may be relocated or some may lose their jobs. Stores are expected to close at the end of April.


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