Borders Books & Music at Brookwood Place in south Buckhead will soon close for good. One of the original tenants signed to the Selig Enterprises project in 2003, the store was one of the prized signings for the development. Brookwood Place is also home to a bi-level Kroger grocery store, Spa Sydell and Atlanta's only Viking cooking school and store. Wolfgang Puck Express, Taurus restaurant, Swoozie's and The Art Store also opened in the project but have all since closed.
Baroni, an Italian restaurant, replaced Wolfgang Puck last year, and Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft replaced Taurus in 2009. Baroni has done fair but Tuk Tuk has been a bust and may soon close.
Back to Borders: a few miles up the road, there is a longtime Barnes & Noble at the Peach shopping center, and near Phipps Plaza, another Borders at Buckhead Triangle (another Selig property.) Perhaps people are just getting their book fix via new devices like Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook. Just last December, there was talk that Borders may attempt to merge with Barnes & Noble, hoping to join with its closest rival to better compete in the changing retail landscape. An additional Borders is closing on Ashford-Dunwoody in Dunwoody but is said to be closing because of increasing rent rather than decreasing sales.