Former Borders customers warned personal data will be sold

October 3rd, 2011 at 3:26 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley says Borders is planning to sell 45 million of its former customers’ personal information to Barnes & Noble as part of its bankruptcy plan.

Coakley’s office says credit card and other financial information won’t be transferred, but this will:

  • Information customers shared with the Borders website, including name, address, and email address.
  • Information collected from customers in the Borders Rewards loyalty program, including customer name, address, email address, and purchase history. This purchase history will not include the titles of video materials (like DVDs or VHS tapes) purchased by customers.
  • Email addresses from customers who requested to receive special offers from Borders.

If you want to opt out and not have Borders give B&N your details, click here and have yourself removed.¬†That concludes today’s PSA.

A Trader Joe’s in Providence Place? For now, keep dreaming

July 25th, 2011 at 3:29 pm by under Nesi's Notes

a Trader Joe's in New York City

Over the weekend, some friends and I were kicking around ideas about what should fill the space at Providence Place mall currently occupied by Borders, which is going to close by the end of September.

The most popular suggestion was a Trader Joe’s, the funky food store that has just one location in the region, on Route 2 in Warwick. The grocery chain has also received a lot of support in a discussion Jef Nickerson kicked off over at the Greater City: Providence blog.

Unfortunately for its fans, there are no plans to open another Trader Joe’s at Providence Place or anywhere else in Rhode Island this year or in 2012, company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki told me this afternoon. “But things can always change,” she said.

Mochizuki said the company does not disclose how it decides where to add new locations, but suggestions can be submitted at its website.

Other prospective tenants floated at Greater City include Barnes & Noble, H&M, Target Express, Ocean State Job Lot, Dicks Sporting Goods, REI and a “Thriving Center.”

(photo: David Shankbone/Wikipedia)

Cranston Borders not closing thanks to new lease

March 18th, 2011 at 2:06 pm by under General Talk, On the Main Site

Borders has granted a reprieve to its Cranston store less than 24 hours after placing it on the list of locations the bankrupt bookseller planned to close, confirmed earlier today.

“The landlord came back to us and was willing to negotiate some more, and we made the decision this morning,” Borders spokeswoman Roslyn Thompson told me in a short phone interview a few minutes ago.

She also said Borders employees at Garden City can rest easy. “Cranston will not go back on the list,” she said.

As for the other local Borders locations, Thompson made it sound like they didn’t have too much to fear now that they’ve survived two rounds of cuts.

“We’re continuing to work with our landlords, but we don’t anticipate a lot more [closings] coming out – certainly not in a bunch like this,” she said, referring to the 28 stores added to the closure last Thursday. The determining factor will continue to be whether landlords give the company breaks on its current lease agreements, she said.

Borders hopes to be out of bankruptcy before the holiday shopping season, Thompson added.

(photo: Borders)

Borders won’t close store at Cranston’s Garden City

March 17th, 2011 at 10:49 pm by under General Talk

Update: Borders in Cranston has won a reprieve. The company took the Garden City store off its list of locations to be closed Friday morning, less than 24 hours after it was put on the chopping block. (That list was removed from Borders’ website today.) The original post is below.

Update #2: A Borders spokeswoman tells me Garden City agreed to a new lease that will allow the company to stay put.

Borders will close its store at Cranston’s Garden City Center in May, has confirmed.

The bankrupt bookseller added 28 more locations this evening to the list of stores it plans to close, and Cranston was on the expanded list. The company said the Garden City store will close by late May.

“We reached the determination about these stores after a further review of their ongoing economic viability,” Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

The Cranston store had 30 employees as of 2009, according to R.I. Economic Development Corporation records. Borders had another 45 employees at Providence Place mall and 30 at Warwick’s T.F. Green Airport, according to the EDC.

Borders initially announced Feb. 16 that it would liquidate about 200 locations. At that point, no local stores were slated to be shuttered.

Borders filed for bankruptcy in February following years of sliding sales and a failure to capitalize on the rise of e-bookselling.

The company’s other local stores – at Providence Place and T.F. Green, and in North Attleboro, Mansfield, Taunton and Swansea – are still scheduled to remain open under the company’s current plans.

Garden City Center, which opened in 1948, has lost two other major anchor stores since the recession began in 2007: retailers Circuit City and Linens n’ Things also closed there after their own bankruptcy filings. Garden City is managed by The Wilder Companies of Boston.

(photo: Borders)