PLATTSBURGH — Borders in Champlain Centre mall will be closed by September.
When it does, Plattsburgh will lose 30 jobs and its only store for new books. That's on top of the 45 jobs that could be shed at the two Burlington locations.
All three sites could be left with around 25,000 square feet of empty space to fill, as well.
Borders announced the closure of its remaining 399 stores Monday, just five months after it filed bankruptcy and tried to restructure the 40-year-old operation.
Managers and employees at the Plattsburgh location were not authorized to comment on the closure, and Pyramid Management Group President Timothy Kelley did not respond to several phone calls seeking comment.
However, Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said the Plattsburgh location could start to liquidate its inventory very soon.
"It has not been blessed by the bankruptcy court yet," she said Tuesday. "(The liquidation) could be as early as Friday, if cleared."
A handwritten sign in the entranceway of the Plattsburgh store reads: "Yes! We are closing, but as far as closing sales go, we will know more by Friday. For now, it's business as usual. Thanks!
"To our loyal customers, thank you for all your support over the years. We'll also especially miss our coffee regulars that came in every morning — Borders staff."
The Press-Republican spoke to several customers at the store Tuesday night.
Two Plattsburgh residents, 39-year-old John Deely and 27-year-old Tiffany Smith, were both saddened by the pending closure.
"I love to read, so it's a shame," Deely said as he thumbed through a newly purchased cookbook. "And now you can't go to the store; you have to go to Amazon."
He isn't a big fan of the Kindle.
"You can't leaf through it. If I had $1,000 to buy books, I would spend it on real books."
Smith was concerned about the bookstore's employees.
"It seems like a hard place to get a job, anyway," she said of the Plattsburgh area.
Joyce and James Fox, both retired Plattsburgh residents, were at Borders spending a $60 gift card Tuesday night.
"It's really sad," Joyce said. "Now I'll have to buy a Kindle."
"We spend a lot of time here," James said.
And even with a Kindle, he gets the urge to read real books, he added.
"I like to turn the pages."
Gilda Hollon, 27, of Plattsburgh wasn't as affected by the closure. She had just purchased books for her son Tuesday night.
While she rarely shops for books online, she said she's also not that dependent on Borders.
"I can just go to Walmart or Sam's."