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Borders Books, 1051 Sand Lake Road (Orlando): 2011   2 comments

Posted at 12:42 am in closing

Commenter Terry's remarks on the Hostess bankruptcy, and his list of other vanished American icons brought to mind once more Borders Books. I have posted before about the closed stores I found in Gainesville and Tampa.

Those stores have now been re-purposed. This store which I found in Orlando on Sandlake Road opposite a huge mall, as of August had not been. In fact, all the fixtures and some of the office equipment are still in place just as if the book supply truck could pull up any minute.

The distinctive look of a Borders puts me in a nostalgic mood, as though I might once more spend my Kansas City evenings there, drinking coffee and poring over racks of books I could never find in Columbia, Fayetteville or Aiken, or leafing through low circulation magazines I had known of only by repute until seeing them there.

UPDATE 28 January 2016 -- It's now an indoor fun park:







Written by ted on November 19th, 2012

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  1. Looks like an old Smokey Bones across the street in the first picture. Given that that was their flagship location (less than a mile from parent company Darden's HQ), I'm surprised they didn't re-purpose it somehow rather than let it sit vacant.


    19 Nov 12 at 11:41 am

  2. Found an article showing that the old Tampa location linked in the main post is slated to become a Medical Clinic.


    19 Nov 12 at 1:11 pm

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