The Borders bookstore at Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin a liquidation sale in the next few days and airport officials are beginning the search for a replacement tenant.
The bankrupt book seller announced Monday that it will ask a judge to approve liquidation sales at its 399 remaining stores on Thursday, after failing to find a buyer.
"This has happened very quickly, so we have not had an opportunity to speak to interested tenants," said RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin. "However, we anticipate that there will be other concepts that will be interested in leasing that space very quickly. It is located in a prime location and RDU’s concession program is very popular with tenants and customers."
The preference will be to find another bookstore to fill the spot, she added.
The liquidation sales are expected to take six weeks or more, said Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis. All stores are expected to close by the end of September.
The 1,224-square-foot Borders in RDU's Terminal 2 opened in 2008 and was only available for ticketed passengers. It was one of two Triangle locations that stayed open when Borders closed its five other local stores earlier this year.
The region's only remaining traditional Borders, in North Raleigh's Six Forks Station Shopping Center, also will begin a liquidation sale shortly, but the timing isn't set, Davis said. That Borders, at 27,000 square feet, will leave a much bigger vacancy to fill.
The shopping center's property manager didn't return calls seeking comment.