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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 7:59 p.m.

Black Friday shopper mourns Borders

By Paula Gardner

Friday's shopping frenzy marked Ann Arbor's first holiday shopping season without Borders in many years.

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As a result, one fan of the Ann Arbor-based bookstore chain that fell to bankruptcy this year writes that it's "truly a Black Friday without Borders" in a column on

Borders' flagship store in Ann Arbor was always part of his holiday shopping experience, he said. And he expresses hesitation to turn to another megabookstore.

Adam Benson writes: "I imagined Borders was created by the characters from 'The Big Chill' after they listened to Gordon Gekko's pep talk in 'Wall Street.' Certainly Borders was a money-making enterprise, but it seemed to be one of noble purpose ... It was both radical and entrepreneurial at the time."

Read the full column.