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Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013 : 10:50 a.m.

National book chain sees opportunity to grow business in Michigan

By Lizzy Alfs

A year and a half after Borders shuttered its bookstores, one of its competitors is finding opportunity in Michigan, the Detroit News reports.

Alabama-based Books-A-Million, which opened 41 stores in 2012, believes there is still opportunity for additional brick-and-mortar book stores in Michigan.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore co-owner Hilary Lowe, who told the Detroit News that consumers are longing for books, and many people are eager to support a community-driven book store. Literati, an independently owned book store, opened at 124 E. Washington St. in April.

Meanwhile, Books-A-Million recently opened two stores in the Metro Detroit area — including one store in an ex-Borders building in Beverly Hills — and the company is “actively pursuing” other real estate opportunities in Michigan, the report says.

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Betsy Jackson

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

Not much of an addition, in my opinion; I shopped there in D.C. Super cheap, maybe, but they are not known for their business/employment practices. I won't be patronizing them; I'll stick with Literati, Nicola's, and downtown's wonderful specialty/used bookstores.


Wed, May 22, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

Gross. I'll shop at the local booksellers.

Dave Bass

Wed, May 22, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

Check out Livingston County. Too late for the Borders. It's now MC Sports however, there are plenty of other locations.


Wed, May 22, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

I went to Literati for the first time recently...great addition to downtown! I plan to make frequent trips there for gifts.