Though Borders continues to close its doors at hundreds of stores around the country, some have already begun to leave a legacy.
The Borders bookstore in Chicago locked up for good last week, but made one large donation first. According to this article by Huffington Post, the company hired to liquidate the stores, Hilco Trading LLC, donated 8000 books — worth about $130,000 — to Chicago schools.
The Hilco CEO Jeffrey Hecktman says making the donation was an easy decision.
We believe that education, above all other factors, is the foundation of commercial success and so we have decided to do what we can to help ensure American children receive the best education possible. The book donation was only our first step in a continuing commitment to align our corporate resources with the needs of public education.
Included in the donation are books about history, science, math, poetry, business, politics, and travel.
I hope that as more stores close, books are donated nationwide. They may as well make the best of Borders’ dying resources.