Some came out of habit and others looking for deals, but patrons of the in Farmingdale were in agreement on one main point: the loss of the store will hit hard.
Whether the store will offer great price reductions before it closes its doors for good or precisely when the Farmingdale store will close remain uncertain: "Maybe Friday, maybe Monday," an employee said, noting that a company conference call Tuesday morning hadn’t clarified a lot of details.
But the one certainty is that it will close, along with the other 398 Borders stores around the country as the chain was unable to sell its stores to a buyer and has to liquidate its operations.
The Farmingdale store had a steady stream of customers, those who shop there regularly or enjoy the store's free wi-fi service.
Brooke, who said she buys books regularly but usually goes to the nearby Target store, said, "I came here because I heard they were closing. They have a good selection but the prices haven't dropped," she said, holding a bag of about a half dozen books she had just purchased.
She has some specific shopping habits, reaching into a bookshelf to check the width of a book before she decides to purchase.
"I like to check a book for thickness, since it's not worth the $10 if it's too thin," Brooke said. But she reads a lot -- with tastes ranging from biographies to self help -- and said the store will be missed.
Lisa Abatiello said her son, Lorenzo, likes to buy airplane books at the store, which they visit every couple of weeks. "It's sad; this is depressing," she said. "There's practically nothing left" of bookstores in the area, Abatiello added.
Deborah Elliott, of Wheatley Heights, had a different problem. She was worried about what happens next because she counts on the Borders staff to help with her e-book reader.
"I'm very upset," Elliott said. "I come here, they help me put my books in the Kobo book reader. They've been so nice. Sometimes my husband comes with me and he buys some coffee and they help me and I'm here a couple of hours. Now I don't know what I'm going to do."
Elliott said the store's employees had given her directions on how to use Kobo website but "It's not the same as getting help" and described herself as computer illiterate. She said she'd bought the device in November and has about 25 books on the reader. "I don't know if I'm going to be able to use it."
Yet for Natalie Ditucci, of Levittown, the bookstore's closing is just about the end of the story. "It's closing," Ditucci said. "What can you do?"