Borders Books & Music is a bookstore chain that specializes in selling books, music, and movies as well as smaller merchandise such as calendars and stationary. All Borders Books & Music locations used to include a Borders café where coffee, desserts and hot meals were served, but have all been renovated and rebranded as an in-store Starbucks cafe. Smaller stores, known as Borders Express, also exist. These smaller stores lack a Starbucks cafe, as well as music and movies sections.
There are a total of three Borders Books & Music on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and three Borders Express locations.
Today, one of those Borders Express stores-the Borders Express store in Windward Mall on the windward side of Oahu-has been closed. Yesterday was its last day of operation. This Borders Express, located on the ground floor of Windward Mall on the wing adjacent of Macy’s, is being renovated and converted into a full-sized Borders Books & Music store. The new Borders store will be complete with all of the amenities of a full-sized Border location, including a Starbucks.
According to a Borders Books & Music press release from the book merchandiser, the full-sized Borders is set to open in the Windward Mall at the end of this month. This, thankfully, makes the closure a relatively short one of only a few weeks.
For the time being, the entire wing that includes the Borders Express is blocked off by yellow construction tape warning mall shoppers not to enter the construction area. The noise level, so far, does not seem to be a problem. When I asked shoppers at the Windward Mall what they thought of the renovation of the Borders Express into a full-sized Borders Books & Music, all unanimously agreed that it was a good choice and didn’t mind not being able to visit the bookstore for a few weeks if it meant that they would get a larger, better store in the end.
“I think it’s great, and I really want a Starbucks while I’m browsing for books,” said one teenager.
The other Borders Books & Music stores are located at Pearlridge Shopping Center (near Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial), Victoria Ward Centre (two blocks from Ala Moana Shopping Center, where competitor Barnes & Noble is located), and Waikele Center (in the Waikele Premium Outlets shopping mall). There are also three Borders Express stores, which – when the Windward Express is re-opened as a regular Borders – will fall to only two locations.