Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bye, Bye Borders!

Bookstore chain Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week and said it will close about 30 percent of its stores nationwide, including the two it operates in the New Orleans area.The bookstore chain plans to shut both its Metairie store at 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd. and its New Orleans store at 3338 St. Charles Ave in the coming weeks. The latter location is the site of the former House of Bultman Funeral Home, which Borders converted and opened in 2008.
The Veterans Boulevard location had been the site of House of Lee restaurant. Opened in 1959 and billed as "the largest restaurant south of the Mason-Dixon line" until it closed in 1995, the restaurant was opened by the parents of the late Sheriff Harry Lee.
In addition to the New Orleans area stores, Borders operates one other bookstore in Louisiana. That store, on Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge, is not on the list of planned closings.

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