Closing the Borders – and the chocolate boutique

19 Jan

Bad news: The Borders in Brookwood is closing. The loss of a bookstore is always unfortunate, especially when its one of a development’s anchor tenants. But it’s just a bit worse in this case because of a novel feature that the store has: A street-facing door that’s kept unlocked so that people can use it. Brookwood borders "Store closing" sign

It sounds like a small thing, but locked, blocked and otherwise inaccessible street-level doors in ostensibly “urban” developments are epidemic in Atlanta. (The Kroger just a couple of doors down comes to mind.) It’s a shame to lose places with thoughtfully executed pedestrian access.

Good news: They’re having a BIG sale. Signs indicating 30, 50 and 75 percent markdowns were visible through the windows Monday. So, now’s the time to buy that grotesquely expensive coffee table book you’ve been flipping through and reluctantly leaving behind over and over again.

The Lindt store in Lenox Square is also in its last days. Mall store closings aren’t normally within this blog’s purview but I probably spend about half the price of a used hatchback on Lindt chocolate every year. Also, the cashier working there Monday night said the Lenox location is the last Lindt store in Georgia, so we’re all officially cut off when they close on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Everything in the store is 70 percent off and the stock is getting sparse. The normally tidy product placement was much less so and even some of the fixtures had notes attached indicating that they’ve been sold. The area behind the counter was a welter of cases of chocolate in various stages of unpacked-ness and customers were weaving between the tables, gathering up armfuls of cheap sweets.

Yes, you can buy Lindt chocolate in Walgreens and Target, but only a few varieties. For example, you won’t find these in either of those stores, nor in World Market:

These were the last 23 Sorbetto truffles in the store Monday night. I’ll be back Wednesday to check for more.

The escalator problems at Lenox Station are still unresolved, by the way. The down escalators on both ends of the platform are still shut down and barricaded. It could be worse. A lot more people are able and willing to walk down two long sets of stairs than up.

Even though last year’s five-month, system-wide escalator inspection process was completed, at least two dozen remained closed due to a lack of parts to service them. Several more have repeatedly been in and out of service after being repaired.




A few more MARTA notes:

  • There was no elevator access on the Southbound platform at Five Points Station Tuesday morning. The train operator announced that anyone needing elevator access would have to remain on the train, get off at Garnett Station ride back to Five Points and use the elevator on the northbound platform.
  • MARTA will hold public hearings Jan. 24 for input on proposed changes to bus routes 42, 56, 120, 121, 125 and 126. The proposed changes would go into effect April 23, 2011.
  • The agency will also make a decision Jan. 19 regarding giving refunds to weekly farecard holders who lost several days of bus service last week. Check the site for more information.

2 Responses to “Closing the Borders – and the chocolate boutique”

  1. Darin 01/20/2011 at 12:03 am #

    Very true about the street-side access of that Borders. We lived just south of that shopping center for three years (moved last fall) and had hoped to make use of that Kroger as pedestrians. Big fail. It only took a couple of trips to frustrate us into giving up.

    The sidewalk does not carry you nicely around to the back where the entrance serves the parking lot and not pedestrians coming from Peachtree. So aggravating. It ended up being too dangerous for our blood to walk safely in the roadway used by cars zooming in and out.

    But we could easily get into the Borders.

    • tltinatl 01/20/2011 at 12:34 am #

      That sidewalk drives me bonkers. It just sort of quits and dumps you off to walk among the cars. It’s as if the person who designed it thinks that people will walk to a bookstore, a spa or a restaurant, but not to a grocery store.

      The Incredible Disappearing Sidewalk wouldn’t be such a big deal if they’d put an elevator and an entrance to the stairs on the Peachtree side, right between Regions and Kroger. That way people could come off the street, go up, enter Kroger on the second level, then go down to the first level from inside the store. I wonder if that was part of the original design, but ended up getting “value engineered” out.

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