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Borders says ‘no’ to Beverly, Matteson

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Looks like the book is closed on Borders stores in Matteson and Chicago’s Beverly community.

The stores will close as announced, and the retailer will not reconsider its decision, Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said.

“We appreciate (customers’) loyalty and have enjoyed serving them over the years. However, the decision to close is final,” Davis said.

The two are among 200 Borders stores across the country — 15 in the Chicago area — slated for closing as the company reorganizes under bankruptcy protection.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, 693 people had joined a Facebook page urging Borders not to close the Beverly store. Matt Walsh, executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association, urged people to join the effort.

“We knew it was an uphill battle. We hoped we could change (Borders’) mind. Now, we have to explore other options for the site. We have to find a new tenant,” Walsh said.



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