Wolf Road Borders to close

The story appears to be over for Borders on Wolf Road, as the store prepares to close its doors for good on Monday, Sept. 6.

Kolleen O'Meara, spokeswoman for Borders, said the coming months will be a good time for discounted books and magazines.

It's a great time to stock up on Christmas presents, she said.

The decision to close the Wolf Road Borders was the result of an examination of all Borders in the country and their performances in the fiscal year, which began this year, in February 2008. According to O'Meara, nine Borders have opened up in the fiscal year, and only one store -- the one on Wolf Road -- will close.

The store, located at 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, first opened on Oct. 15, 1993.

"The store was underperforming expectations," said O'Meara.

Whatever products are left over from the Wolf Road store will be distributed to other stores in the rest of the country. If employees wish to stay with the company, O'Meara said, Borders will work with them to help find them positions at other locations.

Although O'Meara would not comment on whether the bookstore's closing had anything to do with the rise in Internet usage, other local book businesses have said that the popularity of the Internet is hurting sales.

"I actually don't even consider Barnes and Noble competition. Our biggest competition is the Internet," said Maria Perry, owner and manager of Flights of Fantasy book and gaming supply store.

Perry said that her store tries to draw customers in despite discounted prices online by matching rare products with discounts that are offered online in her store.

Other local bookstore owners said they are not fazed by the growing online marketplace.

"Overall there is no sense of threat," said Amy Lane, a book buyer at Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady.

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