When Borders Books closed a couple of years ago, we lost two nearby stores. While it was not the David-and-Goliath story of Fox Books putting The Shop Around the Corner out of business, because Borders Books was actually the "Goliath," in some ways it was worse. Because now there is no nearby book store.
In You've Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly surmised her store would become "something really depressing, like a Baby Gap." Our nearest book store became a TJ Maxx.
The next-nearest Borders Books was an anchor in a shopping mall. And when I first saw what that store had become, I had to stop the car and stare for a moment. This is what I saw:
And now every time I drive past that mall and see that gym, in my head Joni Mitchell sings,
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you got til it's gone.
They closed Borders Books
And put in a Crunch Fitness.
(Okay, it's actually Counting Crows singing in my head, because that is the version of "Big Yellow Taxi" that I've heard more often.)
I don't care about tops on my muffins,
Leave me the books and coffee,
And I realize that fitness is important. But then so were parking lots.