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Subject: Defunct Stores

Written By: Screwball on 01/04/05 at 10:20 am

http://www.seeing-stars.com/Shop/Galleria.shtml

I remember reading about it's renovation a few years ago, just thought i would bring it up...

also see closed malls in your area:

www.deadmalls.com

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: Indy Gent on 01/04/05 at 10:06 pm

i'm surprised I didn't see the Eastgate Consumer Mall at Shadeland Avenue. It's just about had it. The Eastgate theater and Cub Foods near there are already closed. The Washington Squarel in Indy is also close to biting it. But the Glendale Mall went through a renovation project after its initial closing and  added a new library. It's still popular among high schoolers and frugal people close by.
I do remember the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia while visiting my dad's folks in Rome. It was ugly and cumbersome even before the floods in the Etowah River district. Not even the K-Mart across from the mall could save it. I like the Mount Berry Square better, but it doesn't have a lot of speciality stores.

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: nally on 01/05/05 at 10:29 pm

I visited that mall AND shopped at it a lot during the 80s and 90s. I do remember them closing it in '99 and practically tearing it apart...I thought they were gonna put something in its place. However, I haven't been by there in a couple years so I forget what it looks like now. Maybe the link you posted might have that information; I'll check it out.

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: kimmers on 01/12/05 at 5:37 pm

I lived in CA for a short time in 84 and I remember going to this mall a couple of times.  Another celebrity to add to the "seen there" list would be Andy Gibb.  I saw him there once with his HUGE bodyguards.  I did actually get close enough to say "Hello" and he smiled and said "Hello" back.  I think I was too starstruck at the time to actually think about asking for an autograph. 

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: Full_House_Fan on 02/01/05 at 11:45 pm

That day must of not been "trippendicular"  :D

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: Tanya1976 on 02/02/05 at 12:29 pm

I went there two weeks ago. Not impressive at all. We were in and out in about 15 minutes. At least we had free parking b/c of validation.

Tanya

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: rickc on 02/02/05 at 1:02 pm

I live in Sacramento CA & there is a HUGE mall in Roseville called the Galleria Mall. I wonder if they just went under & came back, or is it a differnet group of people...

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: ChuckyG on 03/04/05 at 4:22 pm

I'm going to add this one to the site, since you couldn't do it early with the site out of comission.

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: Czar Matthew on 03/07/05 at 9:59 am

I would have loved to go to the Galleria. They had an awesome arcade and I hear that the chicks that worked at Perry's Pizza were pretty easy.

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: Full_House_Fan on 03/13/05 at 8:54 pm

Like, go to the mall, fer sure?  That would be like SOOO trippendicular!  ;D

Subject: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: oneno on 08/25/05 at 2:05 pm

http://theimaginaryworld.com/groceryA1.html

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Marty McFly on 08/27/05 at 9:33 am


http://theimaginaryworld.com/groceryA1.html


Cool - I love seeing things like this. :)

Since, to my knowledge, time travel isn't real, I figure that's about as close as I'm ever gonna come!

Do you know when about these were taken? I'd guess anywhere from 1955-1970 judging from the logos, hairstyles and everything else (probably closer to the late 50's or early 60's - though maybe it's the black and white pics that gives me that image).

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 09/15/05 at 1:39 am


Cool - I love seeing things like this. :)

Since, to my knowledge, time travel isn't real, I figure that's about as close as I'm ever gonna come!

Do you know when about these were taken? I'd guess anywhere from 1955-1970 judging from the logos, hairstyles and everything else (probably closer to the late 50's or early 60's - though maybe it's the black and white pics that gives me that image).


According to my boyfriend, we had a Gemco in Walnut Creek in the 60's-70's. (according to the website that Jack's referred us to, Gemco was a department store owned by Lucky) That Gemco is now a Target.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: robby76 on 09/15/05 at 3:34 am

What nice nostalgic pics. Looked like such a nice simpler time. Of course pictures are deceiving, but in my mind it looked like a nice time frame to live in. Actually some of those grocery stores are probably still around today, with minor facelifts no doubt.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: alyceclover on 10/29/05 at 8:43 pm

I remember those cash registers! Worked at a store called Pantry Pride, later became Foodtown, now something else. Before the stip mall was built there was a public pool, that became a private pool club. The city passed a law that the owners would have to let 'black' people swim there. The owners sold rather than allow that.  :(

Subject: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/04/05 at 9:02 pm

I remember Lit Brothers in Philadelphia because they had a walk-through Christmas Display with animated figures of Santa Claus and other Christmas stuff...

And Gimbel's is long gone too...both stores were really nice although a bit pricey.

Gimbel's actually had a television in the front window when network broadcasts started in Philly around 1947!

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: Tanya1976 on 12/04/05 at 11:19 pm

I don't recall Lit Bros. But I do remember Gimbel's quite fondly! I believe it was in the Gallery

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: duranchick on 12/06/05 at 1:16 pm

I loved Gimbels.  I think there was one in the Echelon Mall too.  My 94 year old grandmother still talks about Lit Bros. and shopping trips into the "city".

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/06/05 at 2:03 pm

There was also a Lit Brothers in Atlantic City that was torn down in the late 70's to make way for casino parking!

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: Drachen on 12/11/05 at 11:07 am


I loved Gimbels.

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: danootaandme on 12/17/05 at 5:22 pm

They used to have "The Victorian Village" in Boston at Jordan Marsh Co. and it was great, but then it was bought out by Macys and they got rid of it.  The city moved it to the City Hall Plaza.  Now Macys has bought Filenes and they are ending Filenes Basement.  I don't do Macys  >:(

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 12/18/05 at 9:41 pm

Macy's is superexpensive, which is why I don't even LOOK there....Macy's..the YUPPIE's K-Mart!

Subject: Re: The Galleria Mall

Written By: nally on 12/20/05 at 3:23 pm


i'm surprised I didn't see the Eastgate Consumer Mall at Shadeland Avenue. It's just about had it. The Eastgate theater and Cub Foods near there are already closed. The Washington Squarel in Indy is also close to biting it. But the Glendale Mall went through a renovation project after its initial closing and  added a new library. It's still popular among high schoolers and frugal people close by.
I do remember the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia while visiting my dad's folks in Rome. It was ugly and cumbersome even before the floods in the Etowah River district. Not even the K-Mart across from the mall could save it. I like the Mount Berry Square better, but it doesn't have a lot of speciality stores.

Glendale mall? You must have one in your area...because I know there's a mall in Glendale, CA, known as the Glendale Galleria, which I went to with my family a lot when I was growing up. And as far as I know, it's still around.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Pat on 01/15/06 at 1:15 am

Bohacks in Brentwood NY! Remember them, thanks for this!

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Jeff Steele on 01/17/06 at 12:56 am

Jitney-Jungle ("Jitney-Jungle Stores of America"), a Jackson-based grocery chain, is no more.

Jitney got its start in 1919, but declared bankruptcy in 1999.  And in 2000, Jitney was acquired by Jacksonville, Florida-based Winn-Dixie.

By 2002, Winn-Dixie forever eliminated the names Jitney-Jungle, Jitney Premier, Pump & Save, and Sack & Save.


All Jitney-Jungles were renamed Winn-Dixie
All Jitney Premiers were renamed Winn-Dixie Marketplace
All Pump & Saves (gas stations) were renamed Winn-Dixie Fuel Center or Save Rite Fuel Center
All Sack & Saves were renamed Save Rite


From 2002 to 2004, Winn-Dixie closed five stores in the Jackson area.

And in 2005, Winn-Dixie exited the Jackson area.  (Winn-Dixie closed or sold 326 stores, including the remaining 14 stores in the Jackson area.)

http://www.groceteria.com/stores/graphics/jj02.jpg
http://www.groceteria.com/stores/graphics/jj03.jpg

In the '80s and '90s, I was a frequent Jitney-Jungle shopper.  Nowadays, I almost always shop at a Wal-Mart Supercenter (a Wal-Mart that carries groceries as well as other merchandise); sometimes, I'll shop at a nearby Kroger.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 02/25/06 at 12:26 am

We had two Pantry Pride supermarkets in our area, one in Tilton Plaza in Northfield, the other at Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township...

Pleasantville's Acme Market is no more, it was an Aldi 'budget' food market for a while, now it's a charter school..

Absecon had a small A&P market downtown, that closed in the mid 70's.

The old(50's-60's)era Acme Market in Somers Point has been replaced with a modern Acme store...The old store was 50's architecture, with a high cathedral ceiling and an all-glass storefront.

Does anyone here remember the American Stores? I think they were in NJ and Pennsylvania...I think quite a few became Acme's.

Some trivia...A&P in North Jersey in New York is called Super Fresh in Philly, South Jersey, and Delaware.

Subject: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 02/25/06 at 12:43 am

Anyone have a Bradlees in their area or remember the Bradlees stores...they were sort of like K-Mart, but nicer...I loved the one in Ventnor Plaza, it had everything under the sun, and stuff was easy to find and reasonably priced...

Subject: Defunct Department Stores

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 02/25/06 at 12:51 am

Anyone else here remember "Two Guys" department stores...did you have one in your area? There was one in West Atlantic City, another in Vineland...my mom shopped at the West Atlantic City one, which had a department store and a supermarket, something like a Wal-Mart Supercenter or Super K-Mart...not sure what the Vineland Two Guys was like.

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: velvetoneo on 02/25/06 at 11:43 am

Remember E.J. Korvette's? There used to be one in West Orange where the K-Mart is today, from what I gather it was alot like a Bradlee's or a Caldor's or an Ame's.

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: Daveyd989 on 02/25/06 at 1:54 pm

yeah i remember bradlees their use to be two in our area now ones a huge AAA place the other was demolished and became a super stop and shop.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Roadgeek on 02/26/06 at 4:35 pm

Back when you didn't have to worry about the crazy people who do nothing but look for the nearest sale and trample you.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Webstor on 02/26/06 at 6:05 pm

Here in NE Ohio....Tops Market and Giant Eagle are the big two.

I remember back in the 80's having stores like Value King,Sparkle Market,and Golden Dawn

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Allie Fox on 03/01/06 at 3:44 pm

There was a Two Guys where I grew up in New York ( on Long Island).

When they went out of business, my Dad went to the Toy Department and bought every piece of slot car track they had left in stock for little to nothing.

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 03/01/06 at 5:13 pm

Pleasantville had an old Shop-Rite store that had a wooden floor, the store must have opened in the 1920's or 30's...the store closed its doors in 1969, when people started going to the newer Shop-Rite in Absecon....Both the Pleasantville and Absecon stores were owned by the Starn family, who operated them for Wakefern Foods, Shop-Rite's parent company. The Absecon store is open and has been modernized quite a few times, and now is operated by Village Supermarkets which runs it for Wakefern...

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: hot_wax on 03/04/06 at 9:57 pm

The original Two Guys name was "Two Guys of Harrison", their department store was in Harrison NJ in the old RCA factory complex. It in a old factory building and looked more like Costco's or BJ's only with less of a store look. You bought stuff right out of an open crate box or clothes off a rope strung between two building posts. Two Guys of Harrison opened on Sundays back in the 50's when it was against the Blue Laws to sell clothing and other stuff, this defiance is what made them popular and successful with the public, they came by the thousands to shop on Sundays for bargins out of a box and where fined big every Sunday until they were forced to close but made millions for their gimmic but sold out to some big retail company and changed it's name to only Two Guys and became the stores you have known. They always fought the Blue Laws in NJ and finally won their case in the late 1970's and the NJ courts ruled down the Blue Laws and Two Guys got to sell clothing on Sunday's and shortly after went out of business..."?", why because every retail store in Jersey openned up for business on Sunday and they couldn't compete with all the Malls...

I miss them for their sports and record department, I still have albums with Two Guys price stickers on them.

HW 

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: KKay on 03/05/06 at 9:43 am

You bet I remember it. I used to go with my mom to the one in Woodbridge- we lived in south Staten Island and in the 70s it was the closest department-type store to our house.  I didn't know other stores existed here - we went to jersey for everything in Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, and Elizabeth.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: loki 13 on 03/05/06 at 9:47 am

There was a Two Guys On Route 38 in Cherry Hill.In the late 70's
they were bought out, along with Korvettes on the Black Horse pike
in Audubon, by Montgomery Ward which later became Bradlees.The
Cherry Hill store is now a Wal-mart.The Audubon Shopping  Center was
leveled and a brand new Wal-Mart was built.

Subject: Two stores I miss the most. Jamesway and Best

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/06/06 at 10:28 am

Jamesway and Best are two stores that I really miss. 

I especially miss Jamesway around Christmas and Easter because my mom used to get all her decorations and easter candy there. 

I used to get all my star wars toys at Best... so weird... i can remember being there like it was yesterday... and it was more than 20 years ago.

Subject: Re: Two stores I miss the most. Jamesway and Best

Written By: KKay on 03/07/06 at 9:38 am

There was a Jamesway off the exit of the Thruway in Catskill NY.
IWe vacationed there when I was young.  I threw up at the cashier's desk. Oh, good times.
It had great stuff and lots of cool, cheap toys.

Subject: Re: Two stores I miss the most. Jamesway and Best

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/07/06 at 10:22 am

LOL i bet the cashier loved that.

yeah Jamesway did have lots of good cheap toys. 

oh, to be back in the 80's...just for one more day!  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: STAR70 on 03/08/06 at 9:05 pm


Anyone else here remember "Two Guys" department stores...did you have one in your area? There was one in West Atlantic City, another in Vineland...my mom shopped at the West Atlantic City one, which had a department store and a supermarket, something like a Wal-Mart Supercenter or Super K-Mart...not sure what the Vineland Two Guys was like.


yes, Two Guys of Commerce, CA. When it went belly-up, in the late 70's, Target moved in.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Tony20fan4ever on 03/09/06 at 2:18 am

Two Guys was owned in some areas by Vornado Corporation...

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: BRBennett on 03/23/06 at 1:12 pm

Yep, those were the days when Philly had terrific department stores and they were worth going to.  The Enchanted Village at Lit's was always a stop during Christmas season every year, along with the light show at Wanamaker's and a ride on their monorail in the toy department.  It was part of growing up as a kid, you got to go see all of that.  Wanamaker's also had a neat train layout in the toy department.

I also remember that each of the elevators in those stores had people running them, calling out the floors.  Now you take the escalator and stare at the back of the person's head in front of you.

I remember too the Lit Brothers store here in South Philly at 23rd & Oregon.  It's where the ShopRite now sits. 

Kids today go to the mall, with all their stores and don't realize the history of the great stores we had, or the men who built them. 

B

Subject: Re: Lit Brothers and Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia...

Written By: nally on 03/30/06 at 11:29 pm


I remember Lit Brothers in Philadelphia because they had a walk-through Christmas Display with animated figures of Santa Claus and other Christmas stuff...

And Gimbel's is long gone too...both stores were really nice although a bit pricey.

Gimbel's actually had a television in the front window when network broadcasts started in Philly around 1947!

I ain't too familiar with Gimbels (it probably went out of business before I was even born; also, I'm on the other end of the U.S.)...but Lucy made reference to it in the "I Love Lucy" episode where she and Ethel bought the same dress (Ethel got hers at a different store).

Subject: Re: Two stores I miss the most. Jamesway and Best

Written By: agoraphobicwhacko on 04/03/06 at 2:25 am

I never heard of Jamesway, but we had a BEST here in Modesto, Ca in the mid 80's.

Subject: Re: Two stores I miss the most. Jamesway and Best

Written By: ccrosson on 04/20/06 at 1:17 pm

I used to work at the Jamesway on the Ledgewood Circle in Ledgewood, NJ from 1981 to 1984.  That was in the Mall with Arthur's which became Best.  Oh, how I miss those days.... 8)

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: ccrosson on 04/20/06 at 1:24 pm

My mom worked at The Two Guys in Ledgewood, NJ on Rt. 10 in Ledgewood.  When Two Guys went out of business, it became Jamesway and I worked there.  Now they are both long gone, but never from our memory......  ;D  Does anyone remember Finast Stores?

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: CeeKay on 05/07/06 at 1:18 am


You bet I remember it. I used to go with my mom to the one in Woodbridge- we lived in south Staten Island and in the 70s it was the closest department-type store to our house.  I didn't know other stores existed here - we went to jersey for everything in Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, and Elizabeth.


I'll never forget those trips.  We'd go to Two Guys -- mom would do her grocery shopping and we were allowed to hang in the record department, or over by the games -- they had Skee Ball and I don't know what else...and a little diner area.  I loved going there.  Happy memories.  :)

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: unidyne on 05/19/06 at 12:32 am

I remember the Two Guys department store in Rt. 22 in Union, NJ when I lived in Hillside. I used to walk there (took me 45 minutes). I remember the cavernous building and the well-stocked supermarket. I also remember the pharmacy clerks who were always a bit bleary-eyed, insisting that "You'll have top come back in an hour" (Personally, I think they were experimenting with something in the back room).
At the opposide side of the parking lot was a seperate building that sold both hardware and gardening supplies.
I remember the huge cardboard sheeting they would erect to block off the clothing department when the Sunday "blue laws" were still in effect. I remember it was Two Guys that championed the repeal of those laws in NJ.

When the Vornado comapny (the corporate owners) shut down the stores, the Union, NJ building was bought out by Bradlees, which went under a few years later. The secondary building became a Cost Cutters.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: CeeKay on 05/19/06 at 12:42 am


I remember the Two Guys department store in Rt. 22 in Union, NJ when I lived in Hillside. I used to walk there (took me 45 minutes). I remember the cavernous building and the well-stocked supermarket. I also remember the pharmacy clerks who were always a bit bleary-eyed, insisting that "You'll have top come back in an hour" (Personally, I think they were experimenting with something in the back room).
At the opposide side of the parking lot was a seperate building that sold both hardware and gardening supplies.
I remember the huge cardboard sheeting they would erect to block off the clothing department when the Sunday "blue laws" were still in effect. I remember it was Two Guys that championed the repeal of those laws in NJ.

When the Vornado comapny (the corporate owners) shut down the stores, the Union, NJ building was bought out by Bradlees, which went under a few years later. The secondary building became a Cost Cutters.


Nice bit of remembering there, Unidyne.  I don't remember the cardboard sheeting but then, perhaps we didn't go there on Sundays.  I think I can picture the hardware and gardening supplies building though.  Either that or I'm just going along with the picture you've painted  ;)

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: KKay on 05/19/06 at 8:34 am

I remember getting candy or a slurpee or something with my Grandmother at the snack bar.

I'm sure that was sanitary.

(Con: do you remember that Roger met Leonard Nimoy at Korvettes on Richmond Ave?  about 15 years later Brendan met Mr. T there...).

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: CeeKay on 05/20/06 at 11:58 pm


I remember getting candy or a slurpee or something with my Grandmother at the snack bar.

I'm sure that was sanitary.

(Con: do you remember that Roger met Leonard Nimoy at Korvettes on Richmond Ave?  about 15 years later Brendan met Mr. T there...).


Wow.  Now that you say it, sure, that does ring a bell.  Korvettes was good store.  And McRory's.  Brendan met Mr. T there?  What a weird thing.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: hot_wax on 05/21/06 at 9:54 pm


I remember the Two Guys department store in Rt. 22 in Union, NJ when I lived in Hillside. I used to walk there (took me 45 minutes). I remember the cavernous building and the well-stocked supermarket. I also remember the pharmacy clerks who were always a bit bleary-eyed, insisting that "You'll have top come back in an hour" (Personally, I think they were experimenting with something in the back room).
At the opposide side of the parking lot was a seperate building that sold both hardware and gardening supplies.
I remember the huge cardboard sheeting they would erect to block off the clothing department when the Sunday "blue laws" were still in effect. I remember it was Two Guys that championed the repeal of those laws in NJ.

When the Vornado comapny (the corporate owners) shut down the stores, the Union, NJ building was bought out by Bradlees, which went under a few years later. The secondary building became a Cost Cutters.

Hi Unidyne, I see we're neighbors, or were at one time. You remember a lot about Two Guy's in Union and re-kindled a few of my memories, here's one that stands out "The Fonzie" from Happy Day's made a personal appearance one Sunday morning and about 5, 000 fans showed up to see the Fonz, after and hour of waiting he showed up on top of their front door canopy roof as Henry Winkler, he was not in his tv costume leather coat but in regular clothing. He stood on the roof top about 25 feet above the crowd and waved for about 5 minutes to the screaming fans and then split. Hundreds the younger girls were still waiting for the Fonz to to show up and didn't know it was him they were looking at on top of that roof...they were confused and very disappointed when they realized it was the Fonz and not some old man in a top coat waving on the roof...Yeah! I say that he "Jumped the Shark" with those fans. 

Another disappointing celebrity day at Two Guy's in Union was when they made a big deal that the Star Wars cast was going to be there, I tried to soften the reality of that happening to my sons who thought they were going to see the real Princess Leila and Darth Vader from the movie and I had to ease that disappointment before we got there. I was right, there was a about 5,000 fans that showed up to see some bad costumed actors playing the parts...what a rip off but that's sho' biz! 

Thank's for the memories! HW

Subject: Caldor

Written By: CharmedPrue2001 on 05/22/06 at 8:29 pm

anyone rememebr caldor they looked verye simaler to target but they were doomed when a yuckey southen chain known as wal mart aka spralw mart came to the northeast and runned many stores

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Tyler77 on 05/31/06 at 5:49 pm

I grew up in Edison, NJ and remember the Two Guys in Woodbridge NJ (Route 9 and Pfeiffer Blvd. on  the Woodbridge/Perth Amboy border). That store closed in the early 80's, became a Bradlees and strip mall, and when Bradlees went under, the remaining section of the mallhung on for a couple years before it was completely demolished in 2004. From the ashes, taaa daaa a Wal Mart rose. I remember the Two Guys on Route 18 in East Brunswick NJ. Can still remember the nice old lady in the fron of the store at her hot dog cart and the fabulous orange drink machine next to her. I remember about the year or so before it closed, every Saturday the store would have Rubik's cube contests....you were handed an unsolved Rubik's cube and had to solve it before everyone else you competed against did. I remember people whirling the cube around in every direction and hearing the crunching noise it made as you changed the position of the tiles. Always someone managed to get it in under 3 minutes.....around back they had the gardening center that was surrounded by chain link fence....Well after that Two Guys closed, it was vacant for about 3-4 years until Bradlees took over, and they were one of the first Bradlees to close in 2000. Now the mall is a Kohl's and Circuit City, and the forever ubiquitous Lowe's was built smack in the middle of the parking lot.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: hot_wax on 05/31/06 at 9:29 pm


I grew up in Edison, NJ and remember the Two Guys in Woodbridge NJ (Route 9 and Pfeiffer Blvd. on  the Woodbridge/Perth Amboy border). That store closed in the early 80's, became a Bradlees and strip mall, and when Bradlees went under, the remaining section of the mallhung on for a couple years before it was completely demolished in 2004. From the ashes, taaa daaa a Wal Mart rose. I remember the Two Guys on Route 18 in East Brunswick NJ. Can still remember the nice old lady in the fron of the store at her hot dog cart and the fabulous orange drink machine next to her. I remember about the year or so before it closed, every Saturday the store would have Rubik's cube contests....you were handed an unsolved Rubik's cube and had to solve it before everyone else you competed against did. I remember people whirling the cube around in every direction and hearing the crunching noise it made as you changed the position of the tiles. Always someone managed to get it in under 3 minutes.....around back they had the gardening center that was surrounded by chain link fence....Well after that Two Guys closed, it was vacant for about 3-4 years until Bradlees took over, and they were one of the first Bradlees to close in 2000. Now the mall is a Kohl's and Circuit City, and the forever ubiquitous Lowe's was built smack in the middle of the parking lot.


Tyler77, Lowes just opened a store in Union a few of weeks ago in the vancant Bradlees/ Two Guys store also. They totally demolished the old building and rebuilt to look like all their other Lowes stores. It's kicking the crap out of Home Depot too.

HW

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Cool Hand Logan on 07/07/06 at 7:28 pm

We had one in North Bergen....15th Street and Kennedy Boulevard.  Last time I remember going there was around 1982.  I think there's a supermarket there now.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Sunflower on 07/15/06 at 6:14 am

We used to shop at the Two Guys on Route 440 in Jersey City. When we got older we'd actually walk there and back. It would take us ove an hour each way but we had nothing else to do. Anyone else remember shopping for school clothes at Robert Hall's or for shoes at Tom Mc Ann (SP) stores. I absolutely hated buying clothes in those stores.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Cool Hand Logan on 07/15/06 at 8:52 am


We used to shop at the Two Guys on Route 440 in Jersey City. When we got older we'd actually walk there and back. It would take us ove an hour each way but we had nothing else to do. Anyone else remember shopping for school clothes at Robert Hall's or for shoes at Tom Mc Ann (SP) stores. I absolutely hated buying clothes in those stores.

Never went to Robert Hall's but there was a Thom McAns also on Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen that I remember going to way back when.   ::)

Subject: Re: Vintage pictures of the old grocery stores

Written By: Davester on 07/21/06 at 8:20 pm


According to my boyfriend, we had a Gemco in Walnut Creek in the 60's-70's. (according to the website that Jack's referred us to, Gemco was a department store owned by Lucky) That Gemco is now a Target.


  Remember Gemco well.  Got our RCA SelectaVision at a Gemco in '83...

  Ah, those were the days.  Check out the link below.  Apparently reunions of ex-Gemco employees have been held.  Cool..!

  Seems many of the old Gemco buildings were converted into Targets...

  http://www.royhooper.com/GEMCO.gif

Subject: Re: Caldor

Written By: P.E.D. on 08/14/06 at 11:19 am

I definitely remember Caldor. Funky and cool in a way. Bought records, tapes, clothes for gym class, and a toilet seat we bought for my grandmother's birthday. I loved the way the stores looked..with those big old AC fans hanging from the ceiling. Good stuff.

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: P.E.D. on 08/14/06 at 11:33 am

I definitely remember Bradlee's! They were owned by Stop and Shop for a while , I believe, along with Medi-Mart who was bought by Walgreens in the mid 80s. For a while I think all three stores incorporated a version of the "traffic light" logo used by Stop and Shop. I was a kid in the 80s so I could be wrong, but that is what I seem to remember. Bradlee's was a good store..we weren't rich so we did a lot of back to school and Christmas shopping there! Last time I was in a Bradlee's was the store in Wouburn in 2000 before a Sox game and I bought my Ohioan stepson a Sox hat!

Subject: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Roadgeek on 09/15/06 at 10:33 pm

Remember Wards? They were awesome. I've only been to one in my life, and that was at good old Carolina Circle Mall. They were basically Sears, but cooler.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Wiffle on 09/16/06 at 12:43 am

We used to go to Montgomery Wards all the time. In the 1990s, I tried to buy my first computer there. They sold me something they were out of.

Montgomery Wards was a household name I never thought we would lose - although I wasn't willing to support them. My grandma called them "Monkey Wards".

I remember going to a Ward's in Tucson in the 1970s and buying a boardgame called "Mousetrap" that is still around.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: nally on 09/16/06 at 12:47 am

I remember shopping at that department store until maybe the mid-to-late 90's. Sometime shortly thereafter, that's probably when they went outta business.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/17/06 at 4:44 pm

I remember "Monkey Ward".  They had the reputation for being kind of poor quality but I got a console t.v. from them back in 1988. Since that time, it only needed 1 part replaced (and the repair guy had a hell of a time figuring out what part that was) and the orignal remote died. Otherwise, it still works great.



Cat

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/17/06 at 4:46 pm

Good old Bradlees. In the "Before the 70s" pic thread, there is potrait of me at the age of 6-that pic was taken at Bradlees.  ;D ;D




Cat

Subject: Re: Caldor

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/17/06 at 4:48 pm

Whenever I hear of Caldor, I think of my sister. She got her wedding ring from there.  :D :D  Yeah, they were broke at the time. Her husband did buy her a diamond (NOT from Caldor) on their 10th anniversery. He could afford one by then.  ;D




Cat

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Barefoot_Blues on 09/23/06 at 10:26 pm

I remember them well, perhaps too well. They always smelled like vomit in the middle of the store. At least 2 of them smelt like that.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: nally on 09/27/06 at 11:32 am


I remember them well, perhaps too well. They always smelled like vomit in the middle of the store. At least 2 of them smelt like that.

I never noticed 'em smelling like http://www.inthe00s.com/smile/08/pukeface.gif

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: spaceace on 10/04/06 at 3:13 pm

I remember "Two Guys".  It went out of business so they put in the Jamesway, that's now gone.  The K-Mart up the road has out lived them both.

Subject: Simpson's Department Store

Written By: whistledog on 10/25/06 at 5:34 pm

Anyone from Canada will remember Simpson's Department Store, a retailer similar in that to US chain Macy's.  In the late 80s, all Simpson's Stores were bought out by the Hudson Bay Company, and are now known as The Bay

If you remember the 80s Children's series Today's Special, the setting of the store used was the Simpsons location on Yonge Street in Toronto.  It was also seen in the 1988 fim Short Circuit 2

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/26/06 at 5:49 pm

I remember Wards. Ours shut down maybe 5 or 6 years ago, or possibly longer. They gutted it out recently and remade it into a Kohls Department store. It's funny how the lay out is very similiar to how the Wards was. I think I went their 2-3 times. I mainly remember that Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer was their Christmas mascot in their holiday ads.

Subject: Re: Simpson's Department Store

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/06 at 11:51 pm

London had a huge Simpson's Department Store in Piccadilly, in 1999 it became branch of the Waterstone's chain of bookshops.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 10/28/06 at 7:32 am

When I was a kid, I LOVED the Montgomery Wards Catalogs. I would play this game, where I would take a catalog and a yellow legal pad and I would pretend that I was rich and could buy whatever I wanted. I would go from page 1 all the way to the back page and I would make lists/columns on this yellow legal pad, 'ordering' things. I was very precise about  it. I would have one column marked page #/ Item #/ Item Description/ color/ size/ quantity/ price each/ total.    I would go through the book and I would 'order' my casual clothes, my business wear, my evening wear, my 'husband's' clothing, 'my kids' clothing , ( I would always have a boy and a girl in my imagination), and I would even 'order' furniture for my 'house'. I could spend hours on the front porch doing that. And I'd have pages and pages of 'orders' on this yellow legal pad. It's funny because I still sorta like to do that, when I order something in reality. I love to fill out the forms :P I'm weird, I know.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: 80sforever on 11/04/06 at 10:49 pm

It's still exist but only on the web...http://www.wards.com/wards/default.asp

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: lorac61469 on 11/06/06 at 12:20 pm

My husband and I bought our first couch at Ward's...a blue velvet sectional sofa.  Loved that couch.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 11/06/06 at 3:21 pm


When I was a kid, I LOVED the Montgomery Wards Catalogs. I would play this game, where I would take a catalog and a yellow legal pad and I would pretend that I was rich and could buy whatever I wanted. I would go from page 1 all the way to the back page and I would make lists/columns on this yellow legal pad, 'ordering' things. I was very precise about  it. I would have one column marked page #/ Item #/ Item Description/ color/ size/ quantity/ price each/ total.    I would go through the book and I would 'order' my casual clothes, my business wear, my evening wear, my 'husband's' clothing, 'my kids' clothing , ( I would always have a boy and a girl in my imagination), and I would even 'order' furniture for my 'house'. I could spend hours on the front porch doing that. And I'd have pages and pages of 'orders' on this yellow legal pad. It's funny because I still sorta like to do that, when I order something in reality. I love to fill out the forms :P I'm weird, I know.


This reminds me of myself when I was young (around 6 or 7 years old). But, it was with a different catalog. I used to take our "Best" catalog (another kind of department store, except they did not have clothing), and I was obsessed with the jewelry section. I would pick out my favorite kinds and save the pages (I may have even torn out a few). I treated this catalog like gold, though. It was the one I always looked at and fantasized about certain items. I suppose this catalog is long gone, but believe it or not, some of the images still run through my mind from time to time, lol

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Lindee on 11/15/06 at 11:56 am

There were no MW stores here in Milwaukee, Wi. If we were up in the Sheboygan area, we would stop at the one that was there. My mom worked at a Montgomery Ward catalog desk so we had MW merchandise all over the house.

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: logic908 on 11/17/06 at 1:13 pm

Bradlees and Caldor are both out of business for good...too bad too

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 11/22/06 at 11:21 pm


This reminds me of myself when I was young (around 6 or 7 years old). But, it was with a different catalog. I used to take our "Best" catalog (another kind of department store, except they did not have clothing), and I was obsessed with the jewelry section. I would pick out my favorite kinds and save the pages (I may have even torn out a few). I treated this catalog like gold, though. It was the one I always looked at and fantasized about certain items. I suppose this catalog is long gone, but believe it or not, some of the images still run through my mind from time to time, lol

I remember BEST.. It used to be LaBelles and then it became BEST..  I did it with Best too. as well as JC PENNEY's .. Weird.. huh? Maybe another tie in to that May 21st thing??

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Tia on 11/22/06 at 11:41 pm

OMG!

BEST! i loved best!

i used to get called "montgomery ward" when i was a kid. (my last name is "ward.") of all the various junior-high ways of mocking my name, i always thought that was the lamest. i'm like, um, that's just another guy whose last name was ward. so i'm not sure how that's making fun of me. anyway he was a world-class entrepreneur so...

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 11/22/06 at 11:44 pm


OMG!

BEST! i loved best!

i used to get called "montgomery ward" when i was a kid. (my last name is "ward.") of all the various junior-high ways of mocking my name, i always thought that was the lamest. i'm like, um, that's just another guy whose last name was ward. so i'm not sure how that's making fun of me. anyway he was a world-class entrepreneur so...

did they ever say "Oh, Ward!!" ala Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver in Leave It To Beaver?
or what about mental ward? anyone ever say that?? LOL

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Tia on 11/22/06 at 11:53 pm


did they ever say "Oh, Ward!!" ala Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver in Leave It To Beaver?
or what about mental ward? anyone ever say that?? LOL
mental ward, psycho ward, and michael wart. those were the big three. weirdly the beaver one, i think nobody ever did that -- maybe because nobody wanted to admit being familiar with leave it to beaver.

michael wart was the only one that really bothered me. mental ward was slightly annoying. psycho ward i thought kinda... rocked.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 11/23/06 at 12:01 am

I always got teased with Leave It To Beaver references back then, cuz I had such buck teeth as a kid. I also got Angel Fruitcake, Angel Dusted or Angeldust a lot too.. (though the druggie sounding ones , they didn't come up with those til I was a teenager).

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Tia on 11/23/06 at 12:05 am

aww! that's so unfair.

i had an overbite. :-http://www.brie.com/bbd/montgomeryward/pictures/outside.jpg

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 11/23/06 at 12:15 am

Man, our Wards was a HUGE store. Like a regular Department store, like Penneys. It had 3 floors even. It closed it's doors in the 90's though I think.  I never had anything against Wards.. though people did make fun of me in 8th grade cuz I didn't have Nike Tennis shoes, but had Ward's "Kicks". Those were the days... I can't believe I'm waxing nostalgic about Montgomery Ward.  ::)

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Tia on 11/23/06 at 12:21 am

10 years from now we'll probably be all, oh man, i miss wal*mart. that was so great.

well, actually we'll probably be waxing nostalgic for when we had an organized civilization and we weren't eating out of dumpsters and there was gas and it didn't get up to 145 degrees in the summer. but that's an issue for another thread.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: Abix on 11/23/06 at 12:26 am


10 years from now we'll probably be all, oh man, i miss wal*mart. that was so great.

well, actually we'll probably be waxing nostalgic for when we had an organized civilization and we weren't eating out of dumpsters and there was gas and it didn't get up to 145 degrees in the summer. but that's an issue for another thread.

Or as my husband likes to say.. It's not gonna matter how many movies you have when your face is melting off from the Mushroom cloud that hits us.

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 11/23/06 at 3:11 am


I remember BEST.. It used to be LaBelles and then it became BEST..  I did it with Best too. as well as JC PENNEY's .. Weird.. huh? Maybe another tie in to that May 21st thing??


Yes, "Best" was a great department store (at least from a kid's point of view). I just remember begging my mom to take us there whenever we were at the mall. Our Best has since departed (at least over 15 years ago!) and now has turned into a JCPenney satellite store for their Home Furnishings. When I go in there, I often envision it as Best, the way I remembered it - lol. I never knew it was formerly known as LaBelles. Funny thing!

It must be a May 21st connection. It's strange how on this board I've found the largest amount of people I've ever known who were born on my birthday. It must be why I was so drawn to ya'all.  ;D

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 11/26/06 at 3:12 pm


mental ward, psycho ward, and michael wart. those were the big three. weirdly the beaver one, i think nobody ever did that -- maybe because nobody wanted to admit being familiar with leave it to beaver.

michael wart was the only one that really bothered me. mental ward was slightly annoying. psycho ward i thought kinda... rocked.

Up in Mass. some people would have called you "Wad."  Not to poke fun, just the accent. 

I remember one of my English teachers rambling on about divorce,
"Everybody expects your homelife to be like 'Leave It to Beaver, ' you know, Wad comes home from the office..."
:D

I have nothing remarkable to say about Montgomery Ward's, which anybody who remembers Montgomery Ward's will understand!
:-\\

We did used to call it Monkey Wards, though.

Subject: Re: Bradlees department stores...

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 11/26/06 at 3:26 pm


Good old Bradlees. In the "Before the 70s" pic thread, there is potrait of me at the age of 6-that pic was taken at Bradlees.  ;D ;D




Cat

A-ha!  I knew that pic had to be a school photo or a dept. store photo!

Bradlees had the cornball "Mrs. B." with some commercial actor personifying the entire chain, this was especially big around the Holidays. 

If your parents bought your back-to-school clothes at Bradlees, you could only hope the other kids wouldn't notice!  Bradlees went under about the same time as Ames and Caldor, around the great 1990s Wal-Mart/Target expansion in New England states.

Subject: Re: Caldor

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 11/26/06 at 3:49 pm

Ames was cheap, Bradlees was cheaper, Caldor was cheaper still!

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Catmanmjb on 12/12/06 at 9:14 pm

The Two Guys my aunt used to take me two in the 70's was in Jersey City on Route 440. It was shaped like an L and has the supermarket and a little store across that had a liquor store and a car part shop.

THe problem with this store was a lot of shoplifting. The store was not kept up and I remember when they shut off the supermarket then the store died (late 70's or early 80's.)

The Two guys became a Bradlees with a Chinese restaurant buffet place and the supermarket became a Shop Rite. They all died by 2002.

The Two Guys building I t hink was built in 1968 and leveled abotu two years ago to become a Lowes. Part of the original building remains and is a PC Richard's appliance store (do folks remember Brick Church or Crazy Eddie's from the 70's.)

Further down the strip is the Hudson Mall which I rarely see more than 10 people in. IT is mostly occupied but could be a candidate for a dead mall someday. There is a cool site (maybe mentioned here ... I'm a first time poster sorry) called http://www.deadmalls.com Lots of cool facts about malls that have come and gone. If you are a Jerzee person you could be a mall rat and remember some of the dead and dying malls.

Down Route 440 in Jersey City was the little Robert Hall. I HATED going to that store for clothes. It was in front of a Great Eastern Department store with supermarket (remember it became Valley Fair.) I think the store was on a toxic waste dump. They are cleaning it up and I heard they are putting housing on it.

Further down Route 440 still was the old Pathmark which moved to the bigger location with KMart and the old Pathmark was a Rickels (another departed chain) which is now National Wholesale Liquidators.

I LOVE HISTORY esp. departed store and mall HISTORY.

Sorry for the long post.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: hot_wax on 12/14/06 at 3:34 pm


The Two Guys my aunt used to take me two in the 70's was in Jersey City on Route 440. It was shaped like an L and has the supermarket and a little store across that had a liquor store and a car part shop.

THe problem with this store was a lot of shoplifting. The store was not kept up and I remember when they shut off the supermarket then the store died (late 70's or early 80's.)

The Two guys became a Bradlees with a Chinese restaurant buffet place and the supermarket became a Shop Rite. They all died by 2002.

The Two Guys building I t hink was built in 1968 and leveled abotu two years ago to become a Lowes. Part of the original building remains and is a PC Richard's appliance store (do folks remember Brick Church or Crazy Eddie's from the 70's.)

Further down the strip is the Hudson Mall which I rarely see more than 10 people in. IT is mostly occupied but could be a candidate for a dead mall someday. There is a cool site (maybe mentioned here ... I'm a first time poster sorry) called http://www.deadmalls.com Lots of cool facts about malls that have come and gone. If you are a Jerzee person you could be a mall rat and remember some of the dead and dying malls.

Down Route 440 in Jersey City was the little Robert Hall. I HATED going to that store for clothes. It was in front of a Great Eastern Department store with supermarket (remember it became Valley Fair.) I think the store was on a toxic waste dump. They are cleaning it up and I heard they are putting housing on it.

Further down Route 440 still was the old Pathmark which moved to the bigger location with KMart and the old Pathmark was a Rickels (another departed chain) which is now National Wholesale Liquidators.

I LOVE HISTORY esp. departed store and mall HISTORY.

Sorry for the long post.


Hey Catman', I know exactly where all these places are or used to be that you're writting about. In 1976, I was the assistant manager at Rogers Clothes for men for located in the Hudson Mall. I think it was the 2 Guys store next door separated from the Hudson Mall by only a 25 foot driveway between them. In the mid 70's things were starting to go down hill for the all those stripe malls on Rt. 440. Rogers was the end store on the mall next to the 2 Guys building and I remember that the mall magement told us that they were going to buy the 2 Guys property and connect the two buildings giving Hudson Mall an anchor store and needed our store space to make the connection work. It fell through due to legal stuff, but it would been interesting if they did it.

Rt. 440 was always conjested with traffic and when the bridge went up for a boat to pass about 3 times a day, it was a stand still for a half hour. What spooked me out the most was the old navy ships docked in the river right across from the store's parking lot ready to be scraped, they looked haunted and ghost like and would make creeking sounds, I didn't like it, but it came with the territory, I think they're gone from that area now.

Subject: Anderson-Little

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 12/16/06 at 7:04 pm

Anderson-Little was a cheap-azz men's clothing store.  I recall my mother taking me there to buy dressier stuff.

I haven't found anything about the long-gone store online...I come to think of it, I don't really care.  Why did I post this thread anyway?
http://www.inthe00s.com/smile/12/dontknow.gif

Subject: Re: Anderson-Little

Written By: spaceace on 12/16/06 at 7:10 pm

Because it had to be posted.  Anderson-Little went out of business back around 2000.  I can still remember the comercials.

Subject: Miller's Outpost

Written By: Slater on 12/17/06 at 9:57 am

This used to be a clothing store in malls (at least in the Southwest). Haven't seen one for quite a while. Are they defunct or just regional nowadays?

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: bubbarx on 01/07/07 at 5:48 pm

I have many memories of Two Guys; it was a big part of my childhood.

I grew up in Westfield, so the Watchung Two Guys was out store. In Watchung, there was the main store on top of the hill, and then the auto center at the bottom of the hill. I remember when I was really young, I'm very foggy here, but I think I remember (guessing 1965,66) my parents buying a magnavox console TV stereo in the lower building, so maybe at one time it was something else...or maybe my memory is just shot.

The store.....I have to say Wal-Mart is big, Kmart is big, but it seemed like Two Guys had EVERYTHING. It seemed like if you wanted something, there was an entire selection to choose from, not just a few items...The pet department was huge, (pets, fish, supplies, cages), lighting department was huge...TV

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: hot_wax on 01/07/07 at 9:56 pm


I have many memories of Two Guys; it was a big part of my childhood.

I grew up in Westfield, so the Watchung Two Guys was out store. In Watchung, there was the main store on top of the hill, and then the auto center at the bottom of the hill. I remember when I was really young, I'm very foggy here, but I think I remember (guessing 1965,66) my parents buying a magnavox console TV stereo in the lower building, so maybe at one time it was something else...or maybe my memory is just shot.

The store.....I have to say Wal-Mart is big, Kmart is big, but it seemed like Two Guys had EVERYTHING. It seemed like if you wanted something, there was an entire selection to choose from, not just a few items...The pet department was huge, (pets, fish, supplies, cages), lighting department was huge...TV

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/09/07 at 10:16 pm

I never went to a Two Guys, but I do know they were in Massachusetts at least until the early '80s.  If I recall right, I used to see their ads on TV in the NYC area while visiting relatives down that way.

I knew they were big...I didn't know the were HUUUUGE!

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: bubbarx on 01/10/07 at 2:07 pm

You could buy guns, photo equipment, anything...and the cool thing back then was the 'man', probably incorrrect but it always seemed to be a man :), who worked all those counters actually knew about what he was selling and could even make a living doing it.

I remember my uncle worked at Korvettes in the photography section for many years, and they had glass case after glass case of stuff....

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/10/07 at 5:48 pm


You could buy guns, photo equipment, anything...and the cool thing back then was the 'man', probably incorrrect but it always seemed to be a man :), who worked all those counters actually knew about what he was selling and could even make a living doing it.

I remember my uncle worked at Korvettes in the photography section for many years, and they had glass case after glass case of stuff....

I'm in favor of gender equality, but the "actually knew about what he was selling and could even make a living doing it" is the true difference between then and now, butweet Two Guys and Wal-Mart. 

Often overlooked about the mom 'n' pops, if you went into Ray's Hardware and you wanted to buy a chainsaw, old Ray could tell you about the different models, how to use them, and which one would best suit your needs.  The 16-year-old goober working the homewares section Wal-Mart don't know jack sh*t!
::)

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: jackas on 01/19/07 at 10:30 pm

I don't see them anymore either.  I think they changed their name to Anchor Blue.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/21/07 at 5:22 pm


I don't see them anymore either.  I think they changed their name to Anchor Blue.


I never saw one here in the N.E.  I thought it had something to do with Miller Beer.
(which is totally gross.)
:P

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 01/29/07 at 5:25 pm

Yes! We had a Miller's outpost and it was a very popular store at the time. It was kinda like how Gap is nowa days.

Subject: Re: Caldor

Written By: Tanya1976 on 01/31/07 at 5:07 pm

Caldor was the store to go to!

Subject: Re: Caldor

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 01/31/07 at 11:07 pm

I've never heard of this store before.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: Marian on 02/01/07 at 2:27 pm


I don't see them anymore either.  I think they changed their name to Anchor Blue.
I didn't know that was the same place.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: jackas on 02/01/07 at 5:47 pm


I didn't know that was the same place.


I'm not 100% positive, but Millier's Outpost used to sell clothes that had Anchor Blue on the tag.  Also, all the places that used to be Miller's Outpost are now Anchor Blue.  So, I'm assuming.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 02/01/07 at 6:22 pm


I'm not 100% positive, but Millier's Outpost used to sell clothes that had Anchor Blue on the tag.  Also, all the places that used to be Miller's Outpost are now Anchor Blue.   So, I'm assuming.


Yes, it's true. We had a Miller's Outpost growing up and I distinctly remmeber the Anchor Blue brand being on the tags. Then, sometime around 1995 they changed the name from Miller's Outpost to Anchor Blue.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: DJ Midas on 02/02/07 at 12:26 am

Last I checked there was still a Miller's Outpost here in Phoenix.  That was a couple months ago.

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: jackas on 02/02/07 at 6:03 am

That's it!  I'm getting to the bottom of this!!!!

Subject: Re: Miller's Outpost

Written By: jackas on 02/02/07 at 6:06 am

Okay, here's the bottom.  I put Miller's Outpost into wiki and here's what it came up with.

Anchor Blue Clothing Company

(Redirected from Miller's Outpost)

Anchor Blue Clothing Company is a California-based clothing retailer which has over 200 stores in the western United States and Florida. It generally sells its own Anchor Blue brand name of youth oriented casual clothing. Anchor Blue is also expanding into the Georgia market with stores North Point Mall and Oglethorpe Mall. Sometimes the company is referred to as the Anchor Blue Clothing Company, but their retail clothing chain of stores is labeled as Anchor Blue.

The Anchor Blue Clothing Company started in the mid-1970s as Miller's Outpost. In the late '90s, the company changed its name to Anchor Blue because they had marketed, distributed, and sold their own line of jeans (for both men and women) and other clothing and accessories in their stores but wanted the chain's name to reflect their own high-quality name brand. Up until that time, Miller's Outpost (and subsequently Anchor Blue Clothing Company) were also selling brand names from some of their competitors in the apparel industry. Levi's, Menace, Mecca, and other name brands were also sold but later dropped when Anchor Blue decided to exclusively sell its own Anchor Blue fashion line. During the years that it was known as Miller's Outpost, the retail chain marketed and sold their own urbanwear line, Steel Wing, and their own activewear line. Those two lines have been discontinued. The current anchor blue logo consists of two interlocking rings, usually featured on most articles of clothing.

The company is currently owned by Sun Capital Partners, a Florida-based investment firm.

Most Anchor Blue stores are located in enclosed shopping centers.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: Nora on 02/02/07 at 5:23 pm

Nice to see my grandfather's stores brought so many nice memories!  I never got the chance to go to one...wasn't born until '78, in Florida....but would have like to see one.  Now I buy Two Guys ebay items to keep memories in the family.

Subject: Re: 'Two Guys' department stores here in NJ..

Written By: bubbarx on 02/09/07 at 1:52 pm


Nice to see my grandfather's stores brought so many nice memories!  I never got the chance to go to one...wasn't born until '78, in Florida....but would have like to see one.  Now I buy Two Guys ebay items to keep memories in the family.


Wow, very cool Nora. Two guys was indeed a great memory and a great store. Its might sound strange to think that a store was such a big part of my life, (at least in memories), but Two Guys was such a fun place and they really had everything. I wish I could walk in there right now.
:)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Silversword55 on 05/11/07 at 1:07 pm

There used to be a Bradlee's at Route 440 in Jersey City, NJ

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/14/07 at 1:24 pm


   Remember Gemco well.  Got our RCA SelectaVision at a Gemco in '83...

   Ah, those were the days.  Check out the link below.  Apparently reunions of ex-Gemco employees have been held.  Cool..!

   Seems many of the old Gemco buildings were converted into Targets...

   http://www.royhooper.com/GEMCO.gif


Gemco? Yes, it still existed when I was little...and there was one near where my grandma lives. It became a Target in the late 80s (I think)... and just a year or so ago, that building was dismantled to make way for a bigger building, which I personally think is out of place, given that it's located near a residential neighborhood. ::)

Subject: Re: Montgomery Ward

Written By: jackas on 05/15/07 at 2:59 am


This reminds me of myself when I was young (around 6 or 7 years old). But, it was with a different catalog. I used to take our "Best" catalog (another kind of department store, except they did not have clothing), and I was obsessed with the jewelry section. I would pick out my favorite kinds and save the pages (I may have even torn out a few). I treated this catalog like gold, though. It was the one I always looked at and fantasized about certain items. I suppose this catalog is long gone, but believe it or not, some of the images still run through my mind from time to time, lol


It's so funny that you say this because I used to do the same thing with the BEST catalog.  My friends and I would sit and flip through the jewelry section and pick which piece of jewelery was going to be ours. ;D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: jackas on 05/15/07 at 3:00 am

A few stores I remember are...

TG&Y
Alpha Beta
Little Folks Shop

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/15/07 at 10:58 am

Alpha Beta merged with Ralphs in the 90's...but again, so did Hughes markets. ::) They had some pretty good stuff; for the life of me, I don't understand why supermarkets and banks buy each other out.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: La Roche on 05/15/07 at 11:55 am

Famous-Barr went defunct a couple years ago. They had huge locations all over the mid-west. Of course, Macy's bought them out, my hatred for Macy's grows exponentially every day.

Famous-Barr was great, it was kind of like Sak's for the Mid-West, a little behind the times but lots of chrome and polished wood.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: jackas on 05/15/07 at 1:45 pm


Alpha Beta merged with Ralphs in the 90's...but again, so did Hughes markets. ::) They had some pretty good stuff; for the life of me, I don't understand why supermarkets and banks buy each other out.


From what I understand, they also merged with Lucky which is no longer around.  I don't remember a lot about Alpha Beta.  We had one close to our house in Fontana that my mom always shopped at, but they closed that store in the early 80s.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/15/07 at 1:47 pm


From what I understand, they also merged with Lucky with is no longer around.  I don't remember a lot about Alpha Beta.  We had one close to our house in Fontana that my mom always shopped at, but they closed that store in the early 80s.

And Lucky, in turn, merged with Albertsons in 1999! :o :D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: jackas on 05/15/07 at 1:49 pm


And Lucky, in turn, merged with Albertsons in 1999! :o :D


When will it end. ;D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/15/07 at 1:51 pm


When will it end. ;D

I know, huh? ;D

The banks have been at it since the mid-90's. In California we had Coast Federal Bank, which got bought out by Home Savings in 1996 or '97, and then in May 1999 all the Home Savingses became Washington Mutual! :o And I think in the 80's, Security Pacific got bought out by BOFA.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: jackas on 05/15/07 at 1:54 pm


I know, huh? ;D

The banks have been at it since the mid-90's. In California we had Coast Federal Bank, which got bought out by Home Savings in 1996 or '97, and then in May 1999 all the Home Savingses became Washington Mutual! :o And I think in the 80's, Security Pacific got bought out by BOFA.


Yeah, I remember Secuity Pacific and Home Savings.  We also had one of each in Fontana.  The buildings are still there, but I think they are cheap funiture stores now. :D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/15/07 at 1:57 pm


Yeah, I remember Secuity Pacific and Home Savings.  We also had one of each in Fontana.  The buildings are still there, but I think they are cheap funiture stores now. :D

Yeah, that's what sometimes happens to old bank buildings. The Coast Federal-turned-Home Savings-turned-WM that we first went to (in 1993 or so) is still around, and was still a W.M. last time I checked. The problem is, it's part of a shopping center with a Ralphs that's directly across the street from another Ralphs!! :D ;D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: gemini on 06/12/07 at 7:30 pm

There used to be alot of Lawsons stores when I was a kid in back in the 70s. It was a small store where you could buy milk, bread, ice cream, candy of course, and a few other grocery items. I don't think there are any around anymore. We had one in our neighborhood and we used to hang out there on the back dock and smoke cigarettes.  :D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 06/12/07 at 7:45 pm


Yeah, that's what sometimes happens to old bank buildings. The Coast Federal-turned-Home Savings-turned-WM that we first went to (in 1993 or so) is still around, and was still a W.M. last time I checked. The problem is, it's part of a shopping center with a Ralphs that's directly across the street from another Ralphs!! :D ;D


We had a Security Pacific Bank which got bought out by BofA in 1993. I remember this happening when my mom told me we were switching banks to the near by BofA when I was around 11 years old. I use to be against BofA because I had this thing against the big corporations and liked dealing with the underdog businesses. I felt that way about shopping at Raley's vs. Luckys. Luckys, to me, was the big, mean corporation with crappy meat and produce, while Raley's was real quality that had Sunnyside Farms and good produce.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: coqueta83 on 06/12/07 at 11:57 pm


From what I understand, they also merged with Lucky which is no longer around.  I don't remember a lot about Alpha Beta.  We had one close to our house in Fontana that my mom always shopped at, but they closed that store in the early 80s.


My mother used to do all of her grocery shopping at Lucky!  :D

Actually, out here in Vegas, it looks like Lucky is making a mini-comeback. I read an article in the local paper about Albertson's converting a few select locations back to the Lucky name. I hope it's successful!  :)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Lindee on 06/24/07 at 11:13 am

Anybody remember Pill & Puff stores? They were small discount health and beauty aids stores. They were usually  alot cheaper than a drugstore or grocery stores. The last existing one near my house was closed in the late 80s.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: danootaandme on 06/25/07 at 4:51 am

Filenes Basement - Boston.  Sight of the annual Run for the Brides wedding gown sale extravaganza.  They said they are shutting down for a two year renovation, but you know how that goes....

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 06/25/07 at 10:12 pm


Filenes Basement - Boston.  Sight of the annual Run for the Brides wedding gown sale extravaganza.  They said they are shutting down for a two year renovation, but you know how that goes....



I think we have a Filenes Basement in Pittsburgh.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 09/19/07 at 11:51 am

Well, actually two Albertsons stores nearby have now been changed to Lucky again. We even received ads in the paper for Lucky stores. Very strange. I feel like I'm stepping back in time, lol  ;D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: coqueta83 on 09/19/07 at 7:58 pm


Well, actually two Albertsons stores nearby have now been changed to Lucky again. We even received ads in the paper for Lucky stores. Very strange. I feel like I'm stepping back in time, lol  ;D


Cool!  :)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/21/07 at 5:49 pm


We had a Security Pacific Bank which got bought out by BofA in 1993. I remember this happening when my mom told me we were switching banks to the near by BofA when I was around 11 years old. I use to be against BofA because I had this thing against the big corporations and liked dealing with the underdog businesses. I felt that way about shopping at Raley's vs. Luckys. Luckys, to me, was the big, mean corporation with crappy meat and produce, while Raley's was real quality that had Sunnyside Farms and good produce.



...and then Luckys got bought out by Albertsons in late 1999, as I recall! :P




Well, actually two Albertsons stores nearby have now been changed to Lucky again. We even received ads in the paper for Lucky stores. Very strange. I feel like I'm stepping back in time, lol  ;D

Huh? Luckys Stores are coming back?? :o :o

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Dominic L. on 09/23/07 at 12:07 am


Well, actually two Albertsons stores nearby have now been changed to Lucky again. We even received ads in the paper for Lucky stores. Very strange. I feel like I'm stepping back in time, lol  ;D


Same here!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 09/24/07 at 7:02 pm


Same here!


Yeah, it's kinda strange. I finally drove by one of them, and saw the sign back up. It's all too weird!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/07 at 12:36 pm


Yeah, it's kinda strange. I finally drove by one of them, and saw the sign back up. It's all too weird!

I haven't seen any evidence of Luckys stores returning to my neck-of-the-woods yet...but it might be weird if'n I do see any!

Just like when Savon became Osco Drugs and then went back to Savon!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Hbkawachi on 01/22/10 at 10:32 pm


There used to be alot of Lawsons stores when I was a kid in back in the 70s. It was a small store where you could buy milk, bread, ice cream, candy of course, and a few other grocery items. I don't think there are any around anymore. We had one in our neighborhood and we used to hang out there on the back dock and smoke cigarettes.  :D


Lawson's is a HUGE convenience store here in Japan and they indeed originated in the states.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawson_(store)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 01/22/10 at 11:43 pm


Lawson's is a HUGE convenience store here in Japan and they indeed originated in the states.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawson_(store)

According to this wiki article, they evolved into Dairy Mart, and later to Circle K (which I am quite familiar with) in other parts of the States.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 03/04/10 at 11:43 pm

Department stores of the Northeast:

Ames
Bradlees
Caldor
Rich's
Almy's
McRory's
Woolco's
Woolworth's
Stewart's Superarkets

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 03/05/10 at 12:00 am

^ I knew about Woolworth's. In fact, there is an old Woolworth's building close by me, in downtown Oxnard, which is still around (complete with original signage), but that building is now used for a different purpose.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/05/10 at 1:06 am

The bookshop Borders in the UK went bust last December and I miss them greatly.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: karen on 03/05/10 at 6:38 am


The bookshop Borders in the UK went bust last December and I miss them greatly.


They are still going here (at least I hope so - I just bought a $50 gift card!)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: coqueta83 on 03/05/10 at 8:07 pm


Department stores of the Northeast:

Ames
Bradlees
Caldor
Rich's
Almy's
McRory's
Woolco's
Woolworth's
Stewart's Superarkets


Definitely remember Woolworth's....I used to go to the one in downtown Vegas with my dad when I was little.

I also vaguely remember my mother taking me to Woolco a few times in the early 80s.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: silhouette on 03/15/10 at 4:36 pm

We had a shoe store in our town that went out of business. In the city the mall had this one kiosk for the longest time, and it sold these awful little anime-themed alarm clocks. Completely obnoxious-- I had a Sailor Moon one  ;D I'm surprised it hadn't gone out of business sooner.

Goku. xD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6V5eX4Fom0

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Davester on 03/15/10 at 5:18 pm


The bookshop Borders in the UK went bust last December and I miss them greatly.


  You still have Waterstone's and that other big chain, right?  The former I'd equate to a US Waldenbooks and the later (can't recall the name) I'd compare to a larger B. Dalton or a Barnes & Noble...

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: whistledog on 04/23/10 at 8:10 pm

Here's an old school blast from the past for my fellow Canadians ...

Sam the Record Man, was at one time, Canada's Largest Record store.  It was known for it's giant spinning record sign at it's original Flagship store in downtown Toronto.  By the 90s, it had gained such power, they bought out competing chain A&A Records and Tapes but with the emerging competitor HMV and the dawn of the digital age, by 2001, the chain went Bankrupt.  A few stores remained open, but in 2007, the original Toronto store closed it's doors, signaling it's end.  A petition was circulated to try and save the iconic signs, but as the entire building was designated because the Ontario Heritage Act, it had no provisions to protect store signs and in March of 2009, the building was partially demolished.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/99/285305309_94debc5b45.jpg

The last ever lightning of the Sam's sign in Toronto in 2008 ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3LdB9DM6Qc


To this day, there remain only two Sam locations:  One in Sarnia, Ontario and the other in Belleville, Ontario.  I shop at the Belleville location all the time and even though their prices are ridiculously high, they always have things that I cannot find at other stores.  Just picked up the compete series of 'Tenspeed and Brownshoe' there on Thursday ...

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/8742/800pxsamsinbelleville.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: lola669 on 04/24/10 at 12:00 pm

A few of my favorite stores from my childhood are...

McCrorys
Kresge's
Korvettes

I used to eat at the lunch counter at McCrorys all the time when I was a kid.  I'd always have a grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of coke. 

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Brian06 on 05/13/10 at 11:11 pm

I remember from the '90s in Northeast Ohio:

Hills
Best
Fretter
Stop N Shop
Pick n Pay
Finast
Key Bank was Society Bank
May Company became Kaufmanns became Macy's
Higbees became Dillards
SOHIO became BP

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/13/10 at 11:15 pm


I remember from the '90s in Northeast Ohio:

May Company became Kaufmanns became Macy's


In California they became Robinsons-May (by merging with Robinsons) in early 1993, right around the time Bill Clinton became president... and yes, most of the stores out here converted to Macy's.


Of those others in your list, there was one with a similar name out here: Pic-N-Save (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_%27n%27_Save), which became defunct by the early 00's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Frank on 05/14/10 at 4:05 pm


Here's an old school blast from the past for my fellow Canadians ...

Sam the Record Man, was at one time, Canada's Largest Record store.  It was known for it's giant spinning record sign at it's original Flagship store in downtown Toronto.  By the 90s, it had gained such power, they bought out competing chain A&A Records and Tapes but with the emerging competitor HMV and the dawn of the digital age, by 2001, the chain went Bankrupt.  A few stores remained open, but in 2007, the original Toronto store closed it's doors, signaling it's end.  A petition was circulated to try and save the iconic signs, but as the entire building was designated because the Ontario Heritage Act, it had no provisions to protect store signs and in March of 2009, the building was partially demolished.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/99/285305309_94debc5b45.jpg

The last ever lightning of the Sam's sign in Toronto in 2008 ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3LdB9DM6Qc


To this day, there remain only two Sam locations:  One in Sarnia, Ontario and the other in Belleville, Ontario.  I shop at the Belleville location all the time and even though their prices are ridiculously high, they always have things that I cannot find at other stores.  Just picked up the compete series of 'Tenspeed and Brownshoe' there on Thursday ...

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/8742/800pxsamsinbelleville.jpg

I used to go to Sam's and A&A's back in the 70s and 80s to buy albums, singles and tapes.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: karen on 05/18/10 at 9:06 am



Stop N Shop


The grocery store is still going in New England

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Brian06 on 05/19/10 at 10:22 pm


The grocery store is still going in New England


That's a different one it just has the same name. I've heard of them though. Stop N Shop in Cleveland was like a fairly small chain of independent locally owned grocery stores, the owners name used to be on the store so ours was the Rini-Rego Stop N Shop.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: karen on 05/20/10 at 9:41 am


That's a different one it just has the same name. I've heard of them though. Stop N Shop in Cleveland was like a fairly small chain of independent locally owned grocery stores, the owners name used to be on the store so ours was the Rini-Rego Stop N Shop.


Also, I was wrong.  The New England stores are Stop & Shop not Stop N Shop.  Easy mistake to make

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: coqueta83 on 05/20/10 at 7:49 pm


In California they became Robinsons-May (by merging with Robinsons) in early 1993, right around the time Bill Clinton became president... and yes, most of the stores out here converted to Macy's.


Of those others in your list, there was one with a similar name out here: Pic-N-Save (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_%27n%27_Save), which became defunct by the early 00's.


I remember when Robinson's first came to AZ (when I was living there), it used to be Goldwater's.  I enjoyed shopping at Robinson's-May whenever I could and I'm still sad to see it gone.  :\'(

Oooh, Pic-N-Save!  ;D  I loved that store!  My mother and I used to shop at the Pic-N-Save that was next to Kmart in NV when I was a kid.  Out here the Pic-N-Save became MacFrugal's in the early 90s.  These days, most of those stores are now Big Lots. 

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/20/10 at 10:24 pm


I remember when Robinson's first came to AZ (when I was living there), it used to be Goldwater's.  I enjoyed shopping at Robinson's-May whenever I could and I'm still sad to see it gone.   :\'(

I enjoyed shopping at Robinson-May too, especially to get birthday/Christmas/Mothers Day/Fathers Day gifts for my parents. They usually had nice clothing selections.




Oooh, Pic-N-Save!  ;D  I loved that store!  My mother and I used to shop at the Pic-N-Save that was next to Kmart in NV when I was a kid.  Out here the Pic-N-Save became MacFrugal's in the early 90s.  These days, most of those stores are now Big Lots. 

I know there were some in our area, including one in Granada Hills next to a Chuck-e-Cheese. I was by that corner a couple months ago (to shop at the Albertsons which used to be a Lucky's) but I forget what it's called now. Maybe Google Street View can help me.

Yeah, it's a Big Lots store now.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 05/24/10 at 12:52 am

Tower Records and HMV Records are both gone.  Both had franchises in Harvard Square.  "Wordsworth's" bookstore went out of business years ago in Harvard Square. 

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/24/10 at 6:51 am

Blockbuster soon to be defunct since now everything is Netflix or watching free videos on the computer.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: whistledog on 09/24/10 at 8:54 pm


Blockbuster soon to be defunct since now everything is Netflix or watching free videos on the computer.


They did file for Bankruptcy

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 6:28 am


Blockbuster soon to be defunct since now everything is Netflix or watching free videos on the computer.
Blockbuster appear to be selling online.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/25/10 at 6:58 am


They did file for Bankruptcy



It's sad,the days of watching films on your VCR are gone. :(

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 12:02 pm



It's sad,the days of watching films on your VCR are gone. :(

I know. Ever since we got our first VCR in the late 80's, we enjoyed renting movies and watching them in our home. Then you had to rewind them when finished. (DVDs eliminate that concern.)



Blockbuster soon to be defunct since now everything is Netflix or watching free videos on the computer.

And with Blockbuster going out of business, it just isn't the same anymore... :-\\

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/25/10 at 12:42 pm


I know. Ever since we got our first VCR in the late 80's, we enjoyed renting movies and watching them in our home. Then you had to rewind them when finished. (DVDs eliminate that concern.)

And with Blockbuster going out of business, it just isn't the same anymore... :-\\


Now everybody is watching films on their computer or from netflix.

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2008/07/02/blockbuster.jpg 1985-2010  :(

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/25/10 at 12:48 pm

http://iwantmore.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/208414177_l.jpg?w=300&h=181

This place should be defunct within the next 5-10 years,It has been open since 1986,they sell old 45's,cassettes,vinyls,I mean really nobody buys old 45's anymore.This was my favorite place to go to for a cheap cassette or CD but unfortunately they're gonna have to change or close down the business,that's my opinion.They could renovate all they want but it's not going to help.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 1:02 pm


Now everybody is watching films on their computer or from netflix.

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2008/07/02/blockbuster.jpg 1985-2010  :(
I still watch my films on television.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/25/10 at 1:40 pm


I still watch my films on television.


10 years from now Blockbuster will be a faded memory.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 1:41 pm


10 years from now Blockbuster will be a faded memory.
Over the years I never used Blockbuster

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 3:01 pm


I still watch my films on television.

As do I. The television screen is much bigger than a computer screen, and it gives the effect of watching a movie comfortably in your living room or den.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 3:15 pm


As do I. The television screen is much bigger than a computer screen, and it gives the effect of watching a movie comfortably in your living room or den.
With a 52 inch television there is no other choice!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 3:17 pm


With a 52 inch television there is no other choice!

The picture is excellent on a high definition television!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 3:20 pm


The picture is excellent on a high definition television!
Oh yes!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 3:22 pm


Oh yes!

They have a wide screen, so watching a program in HD is kinda like watching a movie!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 3:26 pm


They have a wide screen, so watching a program in HD is kinda like watching a movie!
Blu-ray has yet to be purchased

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 3:27 pm


Blu-ray has yet to be purchased

I don't have a machine that plays those things, either. Nor do I intend to in the near future. (Maybe a few years from now I may decide otherwise.)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/10 at 3:40 pm


I don't have a machine that plays those things, either. Nor do I intend to in the near future. (Maybe a few years from now I may decide otherwise.)
The good thing is that DVDs can still be played on a Blu-ray player.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/25/10 at 11:34 pm


The good thing is that DVDs can still be played on a Blu-ray player.

I will keep that in mind. :)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/26/10 at 7:10 am


Over the years I never used Blockbuster


I have once in a while during the early 90's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/26/10 at 7:14 am

http://www.wakefieldclassof1970.com/uploads/Korvettes.JPG

My Father was an accountant there until it went bankrupt in 1980 along with the Mego corporation.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: DJ Blaze on 09/26/10 at 7:03 pm

Krispy Kreme donuts are supposedly going out of business. FYE and KB Toys are dying, too.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/26/10 at 10:03 pm


Krispy Kreme donuts are supposedly going out of business.

I guess they aren't as popular now as they were 10 years ago. Either that or something is going on with the corporation itself.



FYE and KB Toys are dying, too.

Not sure what FYE is, but KB Toys has been familiar to me ever since I was a kid.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/27/10 at 6:55 am


Krispy Kreme donuts are supposedly going out of business. FYE and KB Toys are dying, too.


Well you have Dunkin Donuts,Everybody runs on Dunkin.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/27/10 at 6:57 am


I guess they aren't as popular now as they were 10 years ago. Either that or something is going on with the corporation itself.

Not sure what FYE is, but KB Toys has been familiar to me ever since I was a kid.


FYE is a CD,tape,video,stereo and tv accessories,video game,DVD place.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/27/10 at 7:03 am

http://www.plaidstallions.com/toystores/partsix.jpg

Playworld Store.^

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/27/10 at 4:14 pm


FYE is a CD,tape,video,stereo and tv accessories,video game,DVD place.

What does it stand for? I don't think I ever heard of it in California.


There are lots of stores of that type; for example, Best Buy sells all those things.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 09/27/10 at 11:54 pm

Papa Gino's seems to be dying.  As the old malls die and the new malls rise, Papa's is not included in new the mall plan, nor in the retrofitting of the old one.  It's all Applebee's, TGIFs, and so forth.  Some of Papa's free-standing stores do okay.  They still have one in Northampton.  However, they opened one int Amherst taking the old Via Via store front.  I gave them 18 months.  They lasted three.  Six if you count a summer closure and realizing in the middle of September the signs weren't there anymore!
;D

Everybody who's everybody -- and everybody else --  including me goes to Antonio's for a slice of pizza in Amherst.  That's that.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 09/28/10 at 9:10 am


What does it stand for? I don't think I ever heard of it in California.


There are lots of stores of that type; for example, Best Buy sells all those things.


FYE = For Your Entertainment

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/28/10 at 10:33 am


FYE = For Your Entertainment

Thanks, Billzy.




It's all Applebee's, TGIFs, and so forth.

Funny, all the Applebees in California (at least in southern Cal) are dying, and nothing is there to replace them.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/28/10 at 2:39 pm

I think Bowling is starting to die out and become defunct.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/28/10 at 5:34 pm


I think Bowling is starting to die out and become defunct.

Bowling? Not at all. However, some bowling alleys have bitten the dust in recent years, but others continue to do business.

I can think of a couple bowling alleys in the Los Angeles area that have been dismantled in (fairly) recent times. For instance, there was Granada Lanes, which had been in business for ages...until the Northridge earthquake of 1994 destroyed it. And instead of rebuild it (which probably would have cost mucho $$$), they dismantled the place and put a grocery store in its place. But less than ten years later it went empty because an identical supermarket had been built directly across the street from it...so now the bowling-alley-turned-grocery-store remains vacant. Personally I think they should level it and put the bowling alley back!

The other bowling alley that recently went bye bye was Rocket Bowl in Chatsworth, which was on DeSoto Avenue just south of the railroad tracks. I never went there, but have passed by it numerous times. According to what I found online, the place opened its doors in the early 1960's and did lots of successful business, but earlier this year it closed its doors due to lack of interest in the community... so in June, the building got dismantled and now a vacant lot is in its place.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/29/10 at 6:49 am


Bowling? Not at all. However, some bowling alleys have bitten the dust in recent years, but others continue to do business.

I can think of a couple bowling alleys in the Los Angeles area that have been dismantled in (fairly) recent times. For instance, there was Granada Lanes, which had been in business for ages...until the Northridge earthquake of 1994 destroyed it. And instead of rebuild it (which probably would have cost mucho $$$), they dismantled the place and put a grocery store in its place. But less than ten years later it went empty because an identical supermarket had been built directly across the street from it...so now the bowling-alley-turned-grocery-store remains vacant. Personally I think they should level it and put the bowling alley back!

The other bowling alley that recently went bye bye was Rocket Bowl in Chatsworth, which was on DeSoto Avenue just south of the railroad tracks. I never went there, but have passed by it numerous times. According to what I found online, the place opened its doors in the early 1960's and did lots of successful business, but earlier this year it closed its doors due to lack of interest in the community... so in June, the building got dismantled and now a vacant lot is in its place.


Bowling Alleys in New York have become defunct at least for some of them.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/29/10 at 6:35 pm


Bowling Alleys in New York have become defunct at least for some of them.

That's too bad. :( Are there any that are still around?

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/29/10 at 7:03 pm


That's too bad. :( Are there any that are still around?


There is JIB Lanes and a few AMF Bowling Alleys.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/29/10 at 7:11 pm


There is JIB Lanes and a few AMF Bowling Alleys.

Oh yes, AMF. That company has represented many bowling alleys, and still does.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/30/10 at 6:52 am


Oh yes, AMF. That company has represented many bowling alleys, and still does.


but some are going to be out of business next few years cause times are changing.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/30/10 at 11:16 am


but some are going to be out of business next few years cause times are changing.

We'll see if that holds true as time goes on. I just know that there are some bowling facilities in my area that are still going strong, including one about 5 miles or so from my house.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: gmann on 09/30/10 at 1:09 pm


FYE = For Your Entertainment


FYE bought the Camelot Music chain (formerly Camelot Records) in the 90's. During my high school days, I browsed the LP's and tapes at a location near Youngstown, Ohio. Here's a wiki entry about Camelot.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camelot_Music

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/30/10 at 7:37 pm


We'll see if that holds true as time goes on. I just know that there are some bowling facilities in my area that are still going strong, including one about 5 miles or so from my house.


Is it busy over there?  ???

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/30/10 at 10:19 pm


Is it busy over there?  ???

Yeah, I guess so. I just went there during the first week of August and saw people enjoying themselves. It probably gets busier on the weekends, when most people don't have work or school obligations.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 09/30/10 at 10:22 pm

This thread is, like, 200 pages long, so sorry if we already mentioned:

McCrory's

This was a five-and-dime store ranging from, I think, Pennsylvania and Ohio east through Maine.  

We had one in our modest NH downtown of Milford, NH, when I was a kid.  I remember noticing it was closed down in the early '90s.  The chain struggled on for another decade though the company filed bankruptcy in 1993.  It was evident since the late 1970s that the five-and-dime store was leaving town in favor of the shopping malls.  With that in mind, McCrory's bought two failing five-and-dime chains in 1986, Kresage and Jupiter.
::)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 10/01/10 at 6:57 am

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0bRrhyfW294/TBbs8Z0FM6I/AAAAAAAAD6s/JLvdb-xVWyg/s1600/pa+pbgh+gimbels+70s.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 10/01/10 at 11:15 am


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0bRrhyfW294/TBbs8Z0FM6I/AAAAAAAAD6s/JLvdb-xVWyg/s1600/pa+pbgh+gimbels+70s.jpg

Of course!!

They went outta business long ago!

And some more recent department stores have also bitten the dust.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 10/01/10 at 3:07 pm


Of course!!

They went outta business long ago!

And some more recent department stores have also bitten the dust.


Yes like Bloomingdales and Two Guys.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 10/01/10 at 3:22 pm


Yes like Bloomingdales and Two Guys.

and Boardway (which got bought out by Macy's), and Robinsons-May (which had been two separate franchises, Robinsons and May Company, before merging in early 1993).

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 10/01/10 at 3:47 pm

http://megocentral.com/MEGOforumheaderkids.jpg

The Mego Corporation,it went bankrupt 30 years ago.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/04/10 at 1:31 am

http://sites.google.com/site/zayre88/_/rsrc/1275852343410/almys/almys.jpg?height=76&width=200

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Ryan112390 on 01/10/11 at 12:58 pm

The Wiz.
Funtime USA (not a store, but a favorite place to go when I was 5, 6, 7).

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 01/10/11 at 6:53 pm


The Wiz.
Funtime USA (not a store, but a favorite place to go when I was 5, 6, 7).



http://i.ytimg.com/vi/hUsXliGhhHU/0.jpg

Nobody Beats The Wiz.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Ryan112390 on 01/11/11 at 7:56 am


http://i.ytimg.com/vi/hUsXliGhhHU/0.jpg

Nobody Beats The Wiz.


Man I miss that place.
Odd, eh?
I probably remember other stores, but don't remember their names sadly...

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 01/11/11 at 7:38 pm


Man I miss that place.
Odd, eh?
I probably remember other stores, but don't remember their names sadly...


Do you remember Korvettes?  ???

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: lorac61469 on 01/15/11 at 6:41 pm


Do you remember Korvettes?  ???


I remember Korvettes, that was one of my mother's favorites.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 01/16/11 at 7:29 am


I remember Korvettes, that was one of my mother's favorites.


My Father worked there in the early to late 70's,he was a CPA between 1975-1980.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: chiefyamick on 02/27/11 at 9:23 pm

Bowling Alleys still alive and well here in Milwaukee!!

:D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/01/11 at 9:23 am

I really miss pancake houses like International House of Pancakes.  The only thing we have like that in my area is called IHOP.  I hop what?  Everything these days is I-something... ipod, ihome, ihop.  Boo.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Davester on 03/07/11 at 9:01 pm

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-6/1193336/fotomat1.jpg

  Anyone remember these beasties?  Wasn't there one in every grocery store parking lot..?

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/08/11 at 6:03 am


http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-6/1193336/fotomat1.jpg

   Anyone remember these beasties?  Wasn't there one in every grocery store parking lot..?


Oh my God yes!!  There was one in the parking lot of our ACME.  So strange... imagine working in there?

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/08/11 at 6:51 am


http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-6/1193336/fotomat1.jpg

   Anyone remember these beasties?  Wasn't there one in every grocery store parking lot..?


I remember those.  :o

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/08/11 at 6:59 am

Does anyone remember Pathmark?  It's a shame they all closed.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/08/11 at 7:14 am


Does anyone remember Pathmark?  It's a shame they all closed.


They're not defunct!  ::)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: gmann on 03/14/11 at 1:29 pm


I really miss pancake houses like International House of Pancakes.  The only thing we have like that in my area is called IHOP.  I hop what?  Everything these days is I-something... ipod, ihome, ihop.  Boo.


Isn't IHOP just an acronym for International House of Pancakes? I remember the chain having a location near my hometown in the 80's, but it didn't last. These days, they seem to be everywhere.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/15/11 at 6:44 am


Isn't IHOP just an acronym for International House of Pancakes? I remember the chain having a location near my hometown in the 80's, but it didn't last. These days, they seem to be everywhere.


Yes just went there for my birthday.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 03/15/11 at 10:05 am

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/TAu97PiiGII/AAAAAAAAEJQ/aeocQAQdKac/s1600/acme_style_bonus_pathmark_05.jpg

Here is what all the Pathmarks look like today.  Sad to see it  :\'(

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/15/11 at 7:19 pm


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/TAu97PiiGII/AAAAAAAAEJQ/aeocQAQdKac/s1600/acme_style_bonus_pathmark_05.jpg

Here is what all the Pathmarks look like today.  Sad to see it  :\'(


Thanks Billzy,HOLY CRAP!  :o

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: agoraphobicwhacko on 04/10/11 at 9:19 am


Krispy Kreme donuts are supposedly going out of business.
I never understood that mid-late 90s craze. Everyone was raving on those so I went and it was like getting a box of day old donuts at the local grocery store bakery.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 04/10/11 at 1:02 pm


I never understood that mid-late 90s craze. Everyone was raving on those so I went and it was like getting a box of day old donuts at the local grocery store bakery.


I used to eat them almost every day 10 years ago with my cup of coffee.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/10/11 at 7:35 pm


http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-6/1193336/fotomat1.jpg

   Anyone remember these beasties?  Wasn't there one in every grocery store parking lot..?

Oh yes, those little kiosks... you'd just drive up, drop off your film, and come back later to pick up the photos!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Ryan112390 on 06/26/11 at 5:57 pm

The Wiz.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 06/27/11 at 6:46 am


The Wiz.



Nobody Beats The Wiz.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 06/27/11 at 9:12 am



Nobody Beats The Wiz.


You already said that, and posted a picture to go along with it, on the previous page.  No wonder you have so many posts  ::)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Brian06 on 06/27/11 at 3:41 pm

Remember Hills?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hills_Department_Stores

Best?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Products

Here's another one, Handy Andy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handy_Andy_Home_Improvement_Center

Fretter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretter

I actually remember when the phone company was still called Ohio Bell in Cleveland (rebranded to Ameritech in 1993).

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 06/27/11 at 7:26 pm

Newmark And Lewis.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 06/28/11 at 6:31 am


Remember Hills?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hills_Department_Stores

Best?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Products

Here's another one, Handy Andy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handy_Andy_Home_Improvement_Center

Fretter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretter

I actually remember when the phone company was still called Ohio Bell in Cleveland (rebranded to Ameritech in 1993).


I have so many great memories of Best!!!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 06/28/11 at 11:37 pm


I have so many great memories of Best!!!

Me too; I remember them from back in the day. I saw their ads on TV and even went to their stores.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Davester on 06/30/11 at 4:44 am



Best?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Products




  Best.  Absolutely..!

  Used to get alot of my Star Wars stuff there in the late 1970s...

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 06/30/11 at 6:40 am


   Best.  Absolutely..!

   Used to get alot of my Star Wars stuff there in the late 1970s...


No way!! My favorite memories of Best are looking at Star Wars toys as a kid.  I was probably 5 or so.  I remember the Ewok village in the box, and one of the x-wing fighters.  Wow, that just took me back...

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 07/04/11 at 1:46 am

So Waldenbooks is owned by Borders who also bought a local chain here called Hawley-Cooke, Borders declared bankruptcy and closed a lot of stories while KB Toys did the same thing but kinda different because Toys R Us owns them. FYE owned Suncoast which for those who don't know FYE mostly focused on music while Suncoast was the place for movies, porn and movie and TV based action figures. YOu could also get some imported hentai and Japanese candy and snacks and posters at a higher availability than you could(and can) at FYE. FYE closed the Suncoast stores for reasons i don't know and neither did most of the employees of either store. FYE then poorly picked up the slack of Suncoast. The ones here don't carry near the amount of any type of movie, or toys. And I think it was a bad idea to close the stores. Also FYE is usually blue and bright while Suncoast used a lot of black and red neon.

I don't know about you but I remember
Roadrunner video,
Pizza Magia,
HQ(Home Quarters Warehouse)
Winn-Dixie,
Discovery channel stores(which don't exist here atleast)
There was a hobby store like the Something-To-Do store
Lazurus
Bacon's
Levy's(Hardware store)
I'm guessing Value City(recent as well. we have a Value City furniture store but the department side was sold to JC Penny)
Not really stores but the Blue Boar Cafeterias
and Discovery Zone
And Chi-Chi's

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 07/04/11 at 7:07 am

http://www.trademarkia.com/services/home_logo.ashx?sid=73427198&size=200

http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?u=/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/36/Twoguyslogo.png/200px-Twoguyslogo.png

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 07/04/11 at 10:51 am


So Waldenbooks is owned by Borders who also bought a local chain here called Hawley-Cooke, Borders declared bankruptcy and closed a lot of stories

Yes, including some of them near me. So in late February, when the Borders nearest me was closing down and liquidating, I went over there and made sure I used up my giftcards. I also remember Waldenbooks; that was a great store; I would go to the ones at the shopping malls a lot during the 90's.




FYE owned Suncoast which for those who don't know FYE mostly focused on music while Suncoast was the place for movies, porn and movie and TV based action figures. You could also get some imported hentai and Japanese candy and snacks and posters at a higher availability than you could(and can) at FYE. FYE closed the Suncoast stores for reasons i don't know and neither did most of the employees of either store. FYE then poorly picked up the slack of Suncoast. The ones here don't carry near the amount of any type of movie, or toys. And I think it was a bad idea to close the stores. Also FYE is usually blue and bright while Suncoast used a lot of black and red neon.

I remember the Suncoast stores too.




I don't know about you but I remember
Roadrunner video,
Pizza Magia,
HQ(Home Quarters Warehouse)
Winn-Dixie,
Discovery channel stores(which don't exist here atleast)
There was a hobby store like the Something-To-Do store
Lazurus
Bacon's
Levy's(Hardware store)
I'm guessing Value City(recent as well. we have a Value City furniture store but the department side was sold to JC Penny)
Not really stores but the Blue Boar Cafeterias
and Discovery Zone
And Chi-Chi's

None of these ring a bell, though. :-\\

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Brian06 on 07/06/11 at 9:59 pm

I got my first CDs and movies at Suncoast/Sam Goody back in the day.  8)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 07/07/11 at 7:10 am

http://toestubber.com/g012410/dick-lewis-b.jpg

Dick Lewis Is Watching. Newmark And Lewis.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 07/07/11 at 8:44 am


I got my first CDs and movies at Suncoast/Sam Goody back in the day.  8)


Me too.  My very first CD was Madonna's "Keep It Together" maxi-single, I got it at Sam Goody.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 07/07/11 at 11:38 am


Me too.  My very first CD was Madonna's "Keep It Together" maxi-single, I got it at Sam Goody.

Oh yes, I remember Sam Goody stores as well. Great times. I shopped there on occasion.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 07/07/11 at 1:01 pm


Oh yes, I remember Sam Goody stores as well. Great times. I shopped there on occasion.


I used to get all my cheap CDs and cassette tapes for low prices there.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 07/07/11 at 1:29 pm


I used to get all my cheap CDs and cassette tapes for low prices there.


Redunancy is the spice of life.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/08/11 at 12:49 am


Redunancy is the spice of life.
Redundancy changes everything

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 07/08/11 at 1:16 pm


I used to get all my cheap CDs and cassette tapes for low prices there.

I would also get some of said items from Tower Records...another chain store that is no longer in business.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 09/01/11 at 4:00 pm

I slightly remember Sam Goody.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 09/01/11 at 4:24 pm




None of these ring a bell, though. :-\\

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Quarters_Warehouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winn-Dixie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_%28department_store%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s bought by Dillards who was bought by JC Penny's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_City although some furniture stores are still open. They where the first dept store to stop selling bike s and toys.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Boar_Cafeterias
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Zone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi-chi%27s
http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2005/07/18/story3.htmlPizza Magia info
Can't find info on RoadRunner Video but it was a movie rental place that closed when blockbuster started getting popular.
http://www.dmnews.com/discovery-channel-closes-stores-for-e-commerce-focus/article/95621/

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Bobby on 09/01/11 at 9:42 pm

I can certainly add C&A (clothing), Ourprice (media) and Woolworths (all purpose) to the list, though admittedly Woolworths is continuing as an internet based store only.



Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/02/11 at 12:39 pm


I can certainly add C&A (clothing), Ourprice (media) and Woolworths (all purpose) to the list, though admittedly Woolworths is continuing as an internet based store only.




Plus Books Etc.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 09/05/11 at 7:21 pm

What's in a name?
http://www.datachondria.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/abandoned-store.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/05/11 at 11:41 pm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Quarters_Warehouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winn-Dixie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_%28department_store%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon%27s bought by Dillards who was bought by JC Penny's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_City although some furniture stores are still open. They where the first dept store to stop selling bike s and toys.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Boar_Cafeterias
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Zone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi-chi%27s
http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2005/07/18/story3.htmlPizza Magia info
Can't find info on RoadRunner Video but it was a movie rental place that closed when blockbuster started getting popular.
http://www.dmnews.com/discovery-channel-closes-stores-for-e-commerce-focus/article/95621/

Many thanks... and I clicked on all your links, and it seems that all those stores were based in other states, which is why I have likely not heard of them. So it appears that none of them had locations in California.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 09/08/11 at 4:23 pm

Some stores I hated to go in like Lazarus/Dillards/J.C. Penny but I still wish they were still here.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 09/08/11 at 8:27 pm


Some stores I hated to go in like Lazarus/Dillards/J.C. Penny but I still wish they were still here.

JCPenney is still around in major shopping malls in California. So are Macy's, Sears, and Nordstroms.

We used to have Robinsons-May but they went out of business. They'd started out as two independent stores, Robinsons and May Company, but they merged in early 1993 and remained that way for 15-16 years or so.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 02/03/12 at 11:54 pm

I don't know why I said JCPenny when they are still around. although Value City as a department store is gone, the ones left are now furniture stores. Circuit City is now an online store for hh greg or somebody and last year Smith's Furniture clossed down. Rocky Rococo's was gone about two or so years ago.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 02/04/12 at 12:09 am

^ Oh yes, I remember Circuit City. They were a huge electronics chain. We had several locations in California but they all went out of business.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: tv on 09/28/12 at 7:04 pm


Thanks, Billzy.


Funny, all the Applebees in California (at least in southern Cal) are dying, and nothing is there to replace them.
Applebees are mildly popular in NJ.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: tv on 09/28/12 at 7:08 pm


I got my first CDs and movies at Suncoast/Sam Goody back in the day.  8)
Sam Goody used to have a store in RT 22 east in Springfield, New Jersey the state that I live in.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: tv on 09/28/12 at 7:14 pm

I think "Strauss Discount Auto" might have gone out of business.  In New Jersey they had a sign on the door of the stores for the employees not to work a few months ago. They filed for bankruptcy. Still the store in North Plainfield, NJ on Route 22 you pass by it and nobody is in there. Strauss was really one of the few auto stores around here for awhile but in the last several years there has been Napa, Advanced, and Pep Boys popping up. The main Strauss Store used to be in the strip mall on the Somerville Circle years ago like in the late 80's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Brian06 on 09/28/12 at 7:20 pm

I remember May Company, it changed to Kaufmann's in like 1993 and to Macy's in 2006. I actually even recall when Dillard's was still called Higbee's in the Cleveland area and I was only 4 years old when that changed. Another obvious one is Hill's which was around until around the late '90s and changed to Ames which is completely out of business now. The Giant Eagle's in Cleveland I remember were called "Stop & Shop" until 1998 or so. There was also Finast (my mom used to work there), it became Tops in the late '90s and left the Cleveland area around the mid-late '00s. Another amazing thing I remember is when the SOHIO gas stations in the Cleveland area all changed to BP, this is like around 1991-1992 when I was extremely young but I have a good memory.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: tv on 09/28/12 at 7:25 pm


I remember May Company, it changed to Kaufmann's in like 1993 and to Macy's in 2006. I actually even recall when Dillard's was still called Higbee's in the Cleveland area and I was only 4 years old when that changed. Another obvious one is Hill's which was around until around the late '90s and changed to Ames which is completely out of business now. The Giant Eagle's in Cleveland I remember were called "Stop & Shop" until 1998 or so. There was also Finast (my mom used to work there), it became Tops in the late '90s and left the Cleveland area around the mid-late '00s. Another amazing thing I remember is when the SOHIO gas stations in the Cleveland area all changed to BP, this is like around 1991-1992 when I was extremely young but I have a good memory.
We had BP stations pop up here in New Jersey in the mid 2000's. I guess BP bought Amoco because all the Amoco Stations were suddenly BP Stations!

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 09/28/12 at 11:24 pm

Alexander's Supermarkets
http://www.maple-leafnh.com/portfolio/s32.jpg




Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 09/29/12 at 4:55 pm

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3590/3326188157_3c9b79050d.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Foo Bar on 09/30/12 at 12:16 am

So what do you get if you have a dead mall and a gazillion-dollar hosting company in need of some room to grow?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GHOfcBVjuo

You get a spiral slide instead of an elevator!

The Windsor Park Mall's last tenant closed in 2005, the mall served as temporary shelter for hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but by 2011 had been reborn after having been converted into 300,000 square feet of office space for Rackspace's San Antonio, TX, headquarters.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: meesa on 09/30/12 at 11:45 am

Sorry if it has already been mentioned:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/BenFranklinStore.jpg/250px-BenFranklinStore.jpg

Loved this store as a kid. We didn't have Wal-Mart we had Ben's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/09/12 at 9:12 pm


Sorry if it has already been mentioned:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/BenFranklinStore.jpg/250px-BenFranklinStore.jpg

Loved this store as a kid. We didn't have Wal-Mart we had Ben's.


I remember Ben Franklin too.  We had some of those stores up in NH. 

Costello was the champion
At the St.Moritz Hotel
And the best this side of Fairfax
Reliable sources tell
But his reputation is at large
And he's at Ben Frank's every day
Waiting for the one that got away


-- Tom Waits

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: JaxRhapsody on 11/07/12 at 1:48 am

Okay I was real young when suncoast was sam goody. I remember it now. Suncoast was owned by FYE. Fye closed them so they could focus on one store- which is sad because fye never really picked up the slack of suncoast. At sucoast at least in its later years was mainly movie and tv and toys, especially anime stuff, hentai and porn. Fye was and really still is mostly music. I was saving up to get Hack&Slash Reboot figures before they closed them. Makes me mad.

I thought of two hobby stores that arent aroud, but cant remember their names.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 11/07/12 at 11:32 am


I remember May Company, it changed to Kaufmann's in like 1993 and to Macy's in 2006. I actually even recall when Dillard's was still called Higbee's in the Cleveland area and I was only 4 years old when that changed. Another obvious one is Hill's which was around until around the late '90s and changed to Ames which is completely out of business now. The Giant Eagle's in Cleveland I remember were called "Stop & Shop" until 1998 or so. There was also Finast (my mom used to work there), it became Tops in the late '90s and left the Cleveland area around the mid-late '00s. Another amazing thing I remember is when the SOHIO gas stations in the Cleveland area all changed to BP, this is like around 1991-1992 when I was extremely young but I have a good memory.

...and May Company in California changed to Robinsons-May (merging with Robinsons department store) in early 1993, and went bust 15 years later. Some of the RM stores, particularly those in enclosed shopping malls, got replaced with Macy's or other anchor stores, like Target.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 11/07/12 at 11:34 am


Sorry if it has already been mentioned:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/BenFranklinStore.jpg/250px-BenFranklinStore.jpg

Loved this store as a kid. We didn't have Wal-Mart we had Ben's.

We had a crafts store by that name in California back in the 90's, but they went outta business circa 2000. :-\\

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 01/22/13 at 7:14 am

http://www.middletownusa.com/images/blockbuster.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wsmith4 on 01/22/13 at 9:54 am

Not all Blockbusters are closed.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 01/22/13 at 1:03 pm


Not all Blockbusters are closed.


Well, they said about 300 might be closed.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 01/22/13 at 3:54 pm


Well, they said about 300 might be closed.

Some of those stores that closed are in California, because I've notice they've been disappearing during the past few years or so.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Tashlovglit on 03/11/13 at 5:43 pm

All of the stores in my area are closed.  Actually we only have a hand full of video stores around. 

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 03/15/13 at 12:20 pm


All of the stores in my area are closed.  Actually we only have a hand full of video stores around.

Is this for Blockbuster? Or which franchises?

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/15/13 at 7:34 pm


Is this for Blockbuster? Or which franchises?


Blockbuster has closed stores but not sure which ones.  ???

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 03/15/13 at 7:36 pm

http://www.trademarkia.com/logo-images/m-h-lamston/lamstons-73427198.jpg

This used my favorite small department store but they closed up in 1986 after they went bankrupt.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 03/15/13 at 10:31 pm


Blockbuster has closed stores but not sure which ones.  ???

I know they have. I was just trying to get some clarification on Tashlovglit's post.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/15/13 at 7:30 pm

Zellers Canada went under just a few weeks ago.  My store actually closed at the end of March this year because the lease hadn't been picked up by Target.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: warped on 04/15/13 at 7:35 pm


Zellers Canada went under just a few weeks ago.  My store actually closed at the end of March this year because the lease hadn't been picked up by Target.


All the Zellers around us became Walmart's or Target's. I think it's the 1st time Target has been in Canada. I've shopped there in America a few times, so I know of the store.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/16/13 at 12:54 am


All the Zellers around us became Walmart's or Target's. I think it's the 1st time Target has been in Canada. I've shopped there in America a few times, so I know of the store.

That's good; Target is a huge chain store in the US, as there are plenty of them around, even in shopping malls. In fact, the Minnesota Twins' current home stadium is named for the corporation, as its headquarters are in Minneapolis.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/16/13 at 1:34 pm


All the Zellers around us became Walmart's or Target's. I think it's the 1st time Target has been in Canada. I've shopped there in America a few times, so I know of the store.

I don't know what's going to happen to the store at our mall? Someone on our mall's facebook page said that our store's lease is being picked up by Big Lots so we'll see if they rehire all of the people from our store that got laid off.  :(
My mother said that she saw someone taking the Zellers sign down when she went into Office Depot.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: whistledog on 04/16/13 at 11:40 pm

If I read correctly about the Target-Zellers acquisition, not all Zellers stores will become Target.  A few will still remain Zellers stores, the rest will just close completely.

The one in my city is gonna be a Target.  They already got the logo and bullseye up.  I wonder if the Target dog will appear for the grand opening?

http://tammybruce.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/TargetDog2.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/22/13 at 9:29 pm


If I read correctly about the Target-Zellers acquisition, not all Zellers stores will become Target.  A few will still remain Zellers stores, the rest will just close completely.

The one in my city is gonna be a Target.  They already got the logo and bullseye up.  I wonder if the Target dog will appear for the grand opening?

http://tammybruce.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/TargetDog2.jpg


The one in my town wasn't even considered for a Target.  :( Supposedly because there wasn't enough room for a refridgeration section.  BULL! They didn't want to compete with with the Wal-Mart and the Winners across the street.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Mushroom on 04/26/13 at 4:46 pm

Here are some that should be familiar to people who lived in the LA area in the 1980's.

http://www.licoricepizza.com/images/LP-billboard.jpg
This was a chain of used record stores.

http://www.tenerewilliams.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Pic-of-Fedco.jpg
This was a chain of membership stores, only open to government employees.  BOught by Target in the late 1990's and closed.

http://images.citysearch.net/assets/imgdb/b0/97/7f/37/f3/a2/ae/a2/a6/f0/5f/ff/89/f1/df/4c/1/6/7/9/5761679.JPG
A chain of go-cart tracks, also long gone.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6XV0sZt4Fqw/UDPcOj3CYKI/AAAAAAAAAQE/HFaf756vC3I/s1600/02_galleria_top_floor.jpg
The Sherman Oaks Galleria, known to Valley Girls everywhere.  Also famous from Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Terminator fans.  Largely vacant in 1998, gutted in 1999 and now is an office building complex with a cineplex.

http://www.happyitis.biz/images/Farrellsnorthwest.jpg
Farrell's was a chain of ice cream shops in the LA area, famous for gut busting items known as the "Trough" and "the "Zoo".  All gone by the mid-1980's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: wildcard on 04/26/13 at 5:02 pm

I remember my Grandma talking about Fedco.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/26/13 at 6:27 pm


I remember my Grandma talking about Fedco.

We had one in our area too; it was where we bought our first remote-controlled TV, in early 1989. That place has since turned into a Target.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/26/13 at 6:35 pm



http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6XV0sZt4Fqw/UDPcOj3CYKI/AAAAAAAAAQE/HFaf756vC3I/s1600/02_galleria_top_floor.jpg
The Sherman Oaks Galleria, known to Valley Girls everywhere.  Also famous from Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Terminator fans.  Largely vacant in 1998, gutted in 1999 and now is an office building complex with a cineplex.


A construction/renovation project I know all too well, having passed by it a lot (either on Ventura Blvd. or on the I-405 freeway). When it was being gutted in the late 90's, I honestly thought they were gonna tear it all down...but I heard they were going to turn it mostly into a cineplex, like you said.

One of my most memorable memories of that mall is when I attended a spelling bee there in May of 1989 (ten years before it closed down for that huge renovation project). I was in the third grade, and one of maybe 140 kids from various schools in the greater L.A. area... and the contest was held in the evening, and since there were so many kids, we each had to wait a long time for our next word. But as more kids dropped out, we didn't have to wait as long. I breezed through many of the words I was given, but when they gave me the word "celebrity", I actually had the right spelling in mind, but it didn't sound 100% right to me...so I decided to bail out. That was the only time I was in a spelling bee that I did not win.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Mushroom on 04/26/13 at 7:35 pm


A construction/renovation project I know all too well, having passed by it a lot (either on Ventura Blvd. or on the I-405 freeway). When it was being gutted in the late 90's, I honestly thought they were gonna tear it all down...but I heard they were going to turn it mostly into a cineplex, like you said.

One of my most memorable memories of that mall is when I attended a spelling bee there in May of 1989 (ten years before it closed down for that huge renovation project). I was in the third grade, and one of maybe 140 kids from various schools in the greater L.A. area... and the contest was held in the evening, and since there were so many kids, we each had to wait a long time for our next word. But as more kids dropped out, we didn't have to wait as long. I breezed through many of the words I was given, but when they gave me the word "celebrity", I actually had the right spelling in mind, but it didn't sound 100% right to me...so I decided to bail out. That was the only time I was in a spelling bee that I did not win.


Well, I probably spent far to much time there in the early 1980's.  Had a buddy that worked at the Sega Center, so could always waste time in there.  I even remember watching this young girl singing on a stage on the first floor in the center area.  She sounded good, and I remembered her bright red hair.

Little did I know that a few years later everybody knew "Tiffany".

When I heard it was going to close, a buddy and I went over to see what was going on the last week.  We walked all through the place, and the last remaining store was the Hallmark on the third floor next to the theatre (just to the right of the photo).  I went back after it reopened, and was shocked.

On an interesting side note, I went to the Tower Records shortly after that, when Tiffany was making an appearance.  I got her to sign my copy of her new CD, but she would not sign my copy of Playboy with her photo spread.  :D

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/27/13 at 2:15 pm


Well, I probably spent far to much time there in the early 1980's.  Had a buddy that worked at the Sega Center, so could always waste time in there.  I even remember watching this young girl singing on a stage on the first floor in the center area.  She sounded good, and I remembered her bright red hair.

Little did I know that a few years later everybody knew "Tiffany".

When I heard it was going to close, a buddy and I went over to see what was going on the last week.  We walked all through the place, and the last remaining store was the Hallmark on the third floor next to the theatre (just to the right of the photo).  I went back after it reopened, and was shocked.

On an interesting side note, I went to the Tower Records shortly after that, when Tiffany was making an appearance.  I got her to sign my copy of her new CD, but she would not sign my copy of Playboy with her photo spread.  :D

Impressive! You must have also lived in that area at the time?


Ah, Tower Records...another store that is pretty much gone. I used to go there a lot with my family as a kid in the 80's and early-mid 90's.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Mushroom on 04/29/13 at 8:29 am


Impressive! You must have also lived in that area at the time?

Ah, Tower Records...another store that is pretty much gone. I used to go there a lot with my family as a kid in the 80's and early-mid 90's.


Oh yea, I lived in Van Nuys during the height of the Valley Girl craze.

And there is no "pretty much gone" about Tower Records.  They have been gone for 6 years now, out of business in 2006.

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/109/271353095_d390187c20.jpg
From their Sunset location.

And another that is gone:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5145/5763119090_6255565245_z.jpg

Before Lowe's and Home Depot, we had Builders Emporium".

Here is a double-header:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_awWJ0E2qtFk/TA1Da-gKZBI/AAAAAAAAA7k/wikF0L6vvPM/s1600/thriftys123.jpg

Thrifty's is gone, only to live as an ice cream counter in some Rite Aid stores.  With a sign for another thing of the past, Blue Chip stamps.

http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/photos/56947/1348814467/large.jpg?1348814467

I went to this for years, now long gone.  In fact, finding any theatres of this type is rare anymore.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 04/29/13 at 2:54 pm

Anyone remember Korvettes Department Store?

http://kickinthecornflakes.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/korvettes.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/29/13 at 3:22 pm

I sure would like to know who thought it was a great idea to sell K-Mart's stores up here?

http://kmcalumni.ca/corner.jpg


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/74/Simpsons_in_Toronto.jpg/220px-Simpsons_in_Toronto.jpg

Simpsons Canada LTD that got absorbed by HBC.  This is where Today's Special was filmed.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 04/29/13 at 4:22 pm


Oh yea, I lived in Van Nuys during the height of the Valley Girl craze.

And there is no "pretty much gone" about Tower Records.  They have been gone for 6 years now, out of business in 2006.

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/109/271353095_d390187c20.jpg

So that would technically be 7 years sometime this year. I thought they were all gone sometime during the 2000s decade. We even had a thread about the franchise which is probably buried far down by now. Thanks.

I know Van Nuys quite well; in fact, I know all the communities that make up the San Fernando Valley; I grew up there. (So did my parents, although my dad was born in Iowa; he came to California while still a little boy and primarily grew up in Canoga Park.)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 10/06/15 at 3:02 pm

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.472694.1314632470!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/alg-pathmark-jpg.jpg
http://www.samedaysignstore.net/store/ProdImages/80404-lg.gif

For those who don't know, this is or was The Pathmark that I was working at. ↑

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: KatanaChick on 10/15/15 at 9:08 pm


http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.472694.1314632470!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/alg-pathmark-jpg.jpg
http://www.samedaysignstore.net/store/ProdImages/80404-lg.gif

For those who don't know, this is or was The Pathmark that I was working at. ↑

Where you worked recently? What are you going to do now?  :(

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 10/16/15 at 4:26 pm


Where you worked recently? What are you going to do now?  :(


Don't worry Katana, It's now Stop N Shop and yes I still work there. :)

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Starlighter on 05/27/16 at 2:19 am

http://www.floridapanther.com/archived/Sam_Goody_Nashville.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 05/27/16 at 12:23 pm


http://www.floridapanther.com/archived/Sam_Goody_Nashville.jpg

A great music store that was. Just about every shopping mall in my area had one of those stores.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 06/04/16 at 8:13 pm

http://www.calgary-city-maps.com/images/Music_World_Logo.jpg

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Starlighter on 06/05/16 at 2:24 pm


A great music store that was. Just about every shopping mall in my area had one of those stores.


It was.  I miss record stores. 

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 06/05/16 at 3:00 pm


It was.  I miss record stores.


I miss them too.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: nally on 06/05/16 at 8:32 pm


It was.  I miss record stores.

Nowdays if you want to buy a physical item of recorded music (usually a CD) you'll have to go to a store with an electronics department (such as Best Buy).

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 06/05/16 at 9:18 pm


http://iwantmore.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/208414177_l.jpg?w=300&h=181

This place should be defunct within the next 5-10 years,It has been open since 1986,they sell old 45's,cassettes,vinyls,I mean really nobody buys old 45's anymore.This was my favorite place to go to for a cheap cassette or CD but unfortunately they're gonna have to change or close down the business,that's my opinion.They could renovate all they want but it's not going to help.


I've been shopping around for vinyls since last year Howard and vinyl is making a comeback in a very big way.

Subject: Re: Defunct Stores

Written By: Howard on 06/06/16 at 2:49 pm


I've been shopping around for vinyls since last year Howard and vinyl is making a comeback in a very big way.


I was referring to the shop Breakdown Records, it had to shut down it's services cause people lost interest in the place and after almost 30 years it said goodbye.

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