Borders bookstore locations no longer exist, as the company went out of business and closed its last location in September 2011. At its peak, Borders was the second-largest bookstore chain in the United States. It had more than 10,000 employees and operated more than 600 stores nationwide.
The size of the company and its stores was a major factor in Borders' closure. Borders was locked into long-term leases for many of its retail locations, forcing the company to keep under-performing stores open. The extensive square footage in each store was meant for a comprehensive stock of books, music and movies. However, the large spaces became a drawback after consumers started downloading most of their media at home and had no need to browse in person.