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Chain bookstore opens in Highland mall that once had Borders
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Chain bookstore opens in Highland mall that once had Borders

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Highland again has a chain book store, six years after the departure of the beloved Borders that was a popular hangout spot before the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based chain folded.

2nd & Charles has opened at 10239 Indianapolis Boulevard in the Highland Grove Shopping Center on the Schererville border. It's the first Indiana location of a new spin-off of Alabama-based Books-a-Million that sells used books, comics, collectibles, vinyl records, DVDs, video games, e-readers and other tech products.

The chain bookstore now has 30 locations nationally and is similar to the popular chain Half Price Books, where people can sell books and buy gently used ones.

“Shopping at 2nd & Charles is an experience unlike any other — it offers customers a forum to buy, sell and trade goods all in the same place,” 2nd & Charles Vice President of Marketing Scott Kappler said. “Each of our stores are completely unique to the community they serve, as they are a treasure troves of books, games and accessories from the people who live there.”

2nd & Charles replaced the MC Sports that closed last year, as the Michigan-based sporting goods chain went bankrupt.

The new store stocks more than 300,000 items “on more than three miles of stocked shelf space” and should appeal to “a diverse audience of gamer fanatics, pop culture junkies, movie buffs, and bookworms,” according to the company. In Highland, it will compete with Miles Books and Kolas Christian Bookstore downtown.

The bookstore is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. Through 8 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call (219) 924-3590 or visit www.2ndandcharles.com/locations/highland/

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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