website the Downtown Chicago Borders is still described as a "flagship store". But yesterday the flagship sank below the surface, closing its doors for the last time.
In the front section books sold for a penny each. Large sections of the four story retail area were roped off with yellow tape and warning signs. Notices over most of the shelves proclaimed 40% was the lowest discount and unsold stock would be returned to publishers.
The piped music chosen by someone with a dark sense of humor segued from "it's the end of the world as we know it" to "...and now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain."
The staff did not bother to interrupt their conversation about upcoming super-hero movies as they took my dime and returned a nickel and a penny. As I walked out into the frigid street, I think I heard the whimper.