Borders Singapore reopens to strong sales and mixed reviews at Westgate mall
Strong sales and mixed reviews greeted the opening of the new Borders Singapore bookstore at Westgate mall in Jurong East on Monday.
According to a spokesman for the owners, Popular Holdings, about 1,000 people signed up on opening day for a $20 annual membership valid only at the store.
However, some customers The Straits Times spoke to felt that the new Borders Singapore store lacked the reader-friendly atmosphere of the former Borders store at Wheelock Place.
That store was originally part of a US-based chain known for its reading couches, bistro and book and music events. Operated after 2008 by an Australian group, REDgroup Retail, it closed down in 2011.