Borders will axe 200 Waldenbooks stores, 1,500 jobs
The shutdown will leave 130 of the mall-based WaldenBooks stores in operation; 45 branches had closed since the end of May.
"We believe there remains an opportunity to profitably operate a much smaller Waldenbooks segment that complements our core Borders superstore business and continues to serve readers in their communities," Borders CEO Ron Marshall said in a statement. The closings, he said, "will reduce the number of stores with operating losses, reduce our overall rent expense and lease-adjusted leverage, and generate cash flow through sales and working capital reductions."
The move comes as Barnes & Noble (BKS) prepares to shutter all but two of its smaller, mall-based B. Dalton stores by January, signaling the last nail in the 1980s-era heyday of shopping-mall retail for book chains. But mostly, it's further indication of Borders's ongoing financial struggles: the company almost lost its place on the NYSE this year. Its stock rose 1.44 percent to $2.11 per share in trading today.