Borders Online Book Store
Borders began in 1972, when Tom and Louis Borders opened a bookshop in the heart of Ann Arbor, an academic community in Michigan, USA. The first store was just 800 sq ft and sold only used books. In 1973, Borders decided to sell new books only; by 1974, the business was in its fourth location, a 10,000 sq ft store. As it grew, Borders became known as one of the worlds finest bookshops - a place where customers could browse alone for hours, or rely on the friendly and well-informed staff to find exactly what they were looking for.
Borders expansion in Australia commenced in 1998 when the first store opened at the Jam Factory in South Yarra.
At its peak Borders had 26 stores in Australia as well as borders.com.au which had a loyal list of subscribers to its weekly newsletter the Shortlist and became a transactional webstore in 2009. When the former owners REDgroup Retail (which owned Borders operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore as well as Whitcoulls in NZ and Angus & Robertson in Australia) went into administration in early 2011, the bricks and mortar Borders stores in Australia closed and the online component of the business was sold to Bookworld (a division of the Pearson Australia Group) that also operates angusrobertson.com.au.
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