Final sale: Shoppers comb the selection at Borders Bookstore in Oak Park on Friday. Borders is going out of business and liquidating all of its locations.J. GEIL/Photo Editor

A line of shoppers nearly snaked out the door Friday, as the Oak Park Borders bookstore rolled out deep discounts to prepare for its eventual closure.

July 22 was the first day of the Michigan-based chain’s going-out-of-business sale, which is expected to continue into September. Big, yellow and black signs proclaiming “STORE CLOSING” peppered the walls of the Oak Park location at Harlem and Lake. Discounts on the first day ranged anywhere from 10 percent off some books, to 40 percent on magazines and Blu-ray DVDs.

Shelves were still mostly stocked and in relative order Friday night, despite the large crowds and long lines. Some locals lamented the impending doom of the 40-year-old book chain, while others yawned and prepared to look elsewhere for entertainment.

Oak Parker Gerald Butters, 50, called news of Borders’ closure “depressing” as he browsed DVDs there Friday night, hoping to unload some gift cards. He’s a college history professor and would often wander to Harlem and Lake to generate ideas for his class.

“There’s no record stores anymore. There’s no bookstores. There’s no place to rent DVDs. It’s like every place you know is going out of business,” Butters said. “It’s tough now to figure out what’s new and what’s out there without seeing it right in front of you.”

River Forester Alison Barthwell, 22, said it’s “weird” to think that a “cornerstone” of downtown Oak Park will be disappearing soon. Growing up in the area, she’d often hang out with friends in the store, and for her generation in Oak Park, she said, it’s like coming home and seeing the “corner store” closing.

“There’s so many different bookstore chains that are going out of business, you kind of think that this one is immune because it’s so popular,” Barthwell said.

Some have partially blamed e-readers, and Borders’ slowness in embracing them, on the chain’s demise. But Oak Parker Kevin Scott, 58, thinks some people still want to have a good, old-fashioned book in their hand, especially the “older segment.”

“There are those who still want to touch books,” said Scott, gripping a dictionary that he was thinking of buying. “You’re not going to see thousands of people sitting in parks with e-readers. Not yet.”

Ellen Chlumecki, 17, of Galewood, didn’t feel too bad about Borders’ demise, as she browsed with her friend, Colleen McKenna. “The Book Table is cheaper,” said Chlumecki, stating her preference for the independent bookstore down the street.

Employees at the Oak Park store said they could not comment, deferring comments to the corporate headquarters. In an email to customers Friday, Borders CEO Mike Edwards said gift cards will be honored during liquidation sales, while Borders Bucks expire July 31, and Rewards Plus discounts expire Aug. 5.

The café at the Oak Park location was cordoned off on Friday night and appeared to be shut down.

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