But Borders only occupied about 25 percent of the building in the end.
And the company has always been fairly isolated from the local economy.
That is, there’s no substantive publishing industry in Ann Arbor.
MEDC also recently launched a “job portal” with job listings at
“It’s always unfortunate when a business in our region experiences hardship,” said Donna Doleman, SPARK’s new vice president for marketing, communications and talent.
With Borders' exodus, two major corporations that once defined Ann Arbor's private sector identity are gone.
But there’s a distinct difference between Borders’ liquidation and Pfizer’s exodus.Nonetheless, many Borders corporate employees have the skills to fit comfortably into various local industries, Finney said.“There’s a lot of very high-quality professionals in the (information technology) space, in sales and marketing and so many other very worthwhile professions,” he said. There’s a tremendous amount of talented folks who could, in fact, potentially fit into other companies or do their own thing.” Among the resources for the Borders workers is SPARK’s entrepreneurial training courses, consulting services, networking opportunities and job listings.It's unclear when Borders' headquarters employees will be laid off. It isn't her fault that Borders had an antiquated business model.At the stores, liquidation sales could start as soon as Friday. While I found her to be an ineffective governor, I also realize that she was dealing with issues that were way beyond her ability to impact. Say, whatever happened to the disclaimer that used to be posted on all SPARK propaganda pieces on this site?The company owed its top seven unsecured creditors, including publishers such as Simon & Schuster and Random House, more than 3 million, according to court documents from Borders’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in February.