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I'm so tired...heading off to bed. Long SLOOOOOOOWWWW day at work...no one in the mall. Everyone was home reading!


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Jul. 22nd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
wow, really??? Our mall was packed. we did almost $15,000 just today!!! All i can say is, sooo glad to have tomorrow off! I love the books and all, but i must admit, i am very happy that it is over - this has been worse than the holidays for us!
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
A. We have an outside Borders right in the same parking lot as our mall. They had a Big Midnight thingee just like yours did and it was PACKED. Like I said...didn't get mine until 1:30am. And there were still plenty of people in line BEHIND me.

B. The bookstore inside the mall (Borders Express) is all the way at the other end of our mall and on the other floor. If that business was happening it was at the other end and other floor where we weren't seeing it (and was more likely to be at the other building in the stand-alone Borders anyway).

Yes, it was a total ghost town and we weren't the only merchants who felt that way...the Kay-Bee toys, the Payless, the comic shop and the Verizon store near us...all of the employees were chit-chatting with each other all night...never more than maybe three people (or clumps of people) in any store at a time it seemed.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Wow... no... uhm, it was our whole mall that was packed on saturday. Oddly, and I don't know how/why it happened, but apparently FYE at our mall was also selling a smallllll select amount of the books. I just assumed all of the FYEs were.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
we were SUPPOSED to be. and we SORT OF did.

We had taken reservations for them. Or, at least, we'd started taking reservations for them.

Then, our district manager started trying to arrange for midnight openings for all the FYEs and needed the information from each mall's landlord on how to arrange that (what expenses for security would be, etc.).

Apparently, Hamilton Mall told our district manager that since books were not in our lease agreement, we couldn't sell them (supposedly, each store has a list of the types of wares they sell...in our case, I guess everything else we've ever carried has been approved by mall management, but the books were not cool. I don't get it either).

He managed to negotiate that we had already taken some pre-orders for the book and that we could at least sell to those customers. They said fine but we couldn't take any further pre-orders. This was a couple of months ago. We had to take down all signage, etc. Meanwhile, the Suncoast...same company. sells DVDs, etc. But since they have been selling Manga titles for a while they are considered to be selling books for a while and got through that loophole and never had to stop taking reservations. Of course, most people DID go to the Borders instead (it's been a big deal for YEARS...this place has been doing midnight openings at least since the fourth book).
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