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Borders Closes, But Fairfield Gains New Bookstore

Borders Books and Music’s speaker system played a near-continuous loop of different covers of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on Sunday afternoon. But the shelves told a different story. Shoppers, including Fairfield’s Megan Miller, descended on the Post Road store for the bookseller’s last day in business, cleaning out, and eventually taking, the store’s racks.

“It’s been a big part of Fairfield for so long,” Miller said when asked how she felt. “It’s sad to see the town’s only bookstore close.”

Fairfield’s only bookstore (except for the children’s shop down the street, Dinosaur’s Paw ) will be closed once Borders shutters because of Chapter 11 bankruptcy — but only for about two days. Ken Kleban of Kleban Properties, who owns the Fairfield Center building that houses the Borders space, said another bookstore will be in right on its heels. Kleban worked out a temporary lease with Books Warehouse , a similar national chain.

Kleban said the new store will open its doors as soon as Wednesday, but the deal is only temporary. The landlord is still working out deals with a possible long-term tenant, which may or may not be Book Warehouse.

“We’ve got a few proposals that we’re working out,” Kleban said. “We should have something finalized in the next couple days.”

Miller said she hadn’t heard about Book Warehouse until Sunday. When she did, she was relieved that a similar store will take over the space. “That’s good to know,” she said.

Though Fairfield’s readers can breathe a sigh of relief, the Borders employees are not as secure. One staff member said he had not yet learned whether Book Warehouse will take on the Borders’ former workers along with its space. “We put in our names in,” the employee said. “But that doesn’t mean they’ll call us.”

Have you ever shopped at a Book Warehouse? What do you think of its temporary deal to move into Borders’ old space? Start the conversation in the comments below.

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