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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 11:59 a.m.

Crews remove Borders signs from flagship store in downtown Ann Arbor

By Daniel Brenner

Workers on Monday removed Borders signage from its flagship store on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

The owners of the building are donating the letters to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation for the purpose of raising funds.

The letters are believed to be some of the last remaining Borders signage, as many other locations have been stripped since the bookseller's bankruptcy.

Read more about the letters in this previous AnnArbor story: 'Borders' signs to be removed from downtown Ann Arbor store on Monday

Daniel Brenner is an intern photographer for



Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

If you're going to write a story about this signage - SOME mention of the progress toward a new tenant of this very important downtown space would be worth mentioning. Even if there's been no development since...?...that would be very helpful to know. I'm more interested in what happens with that retail space than I am interested in the letters hanging (or not hanging off of it).


Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 1 p.m.

This is further evidence that when even the most trivial of acts occurs within walking distance of whq, it is deemed to be newsworthy.

music to my ear

Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

but you read it


Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 5:37 a.m.

What took so long.....


Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 4:10 a.m.

Why the hell is this such big news!?!? Really!?


Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 1:46 a.m.

Epaulettes and all. I guess the photographer choked up before they broke the saber in half.


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

Well, they can be put back up with just a bit of modification: DOPERS What's in YOUR wallet SORE BOD 30 minute Zumba workout ROBBERS Give a man a gun and they can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and they can rob the world...


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

i was more sad when they took the borders sign down from the state street store....

music to my ear

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 8:04 p.m.

well that makes it final.thanks to the e- books, but that is also a sign of the times I am still reading books with fact I am reading a really good one I received for x-mas.

An Arborigine

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

About time they removed signage from their shrine to bankruptcy


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 6:25 p.m.

I need a drink.


Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

A toast to the once was Borders. May she rest in peace. Going to miss Borders. I hate Barnes and Noble.

Rob MI

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 6:17 p.m.

Someone should head to the old location in Dearborn on Ford Road. Not only are the letters still on the east side of building, they still light up at night (all except for the ampersand between "books" and "music")


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.