Lost retailers of the last 25 years

The rise of e-commerce, the dominance of big-box retailers and fallout from the financial crisis wiped out many familiar stores – including these national names.

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Aug 13, 2014 8:33AM
Does anyone remember Kresge's, Zayre, Hornsby's, Block & Kuhl, WT Grant, Woolworth's, Venture's?
Aug 12, 2014 8:39PM
We live in a fast paced world and if you don't re-invert yourself you will find yourself on this list.  I think Radio Shack & Sears will be on this list in the future.
Aug 13, 2014 9:23AM

Correct me if I am wrong,  but google, ceo ruins circuit city,  appears the execs are just one of many reasons the company went under.

Profits from sales were down a bit, because some retail sales changed to the Internets.

Management switched salespersons from commission based pay to meager hourly wages.
Sales droped further.
Management fired long-term, experienced and expensive salespersons and hires unqualified but cheaper people instead.
Sales drop further.
Overpaid management gets fired.
Aug 13, 2014 8:18AM
I still can't get my head around Borders. When we got one in our area it was like a godsend. Everyone loved it, it was always packed. I didn't think there was anyone who didn't love Borders. When it closed down everyone in our area was left wondering why. It's not like we're way out in the middle of nowhere, this area often attracts tourists. Borders was just a lovely bookstore with amazing selection and kind service with a café and places to read. It was just like B&N but not as overwhelming. Still left scratching our heads.
Aug 13, 2014 4:29AM
Ben Franklin... five and dime....oh....more than 25 years ago!
I'd love to see an article on, "Lost congress men in the last 25 years". 
Aug 13, 2014 7:14PM
Dont forget 10,000 small business family run stores.
thanks to wal-fart
Aug 13, 2014 10:41AM

An old guy walks into the store and asks "Do you have any typewriter ribbon?"

The clerk says "Have you tried the internet?"

Aug 13, 2014 1:47AM
And have you noticed how hard it is to send a telegram these days?
Aug 12, 2014 7:35PM

Oh yes, Blockbuster and its late fees. As I recall, it offered five day rentals. One day late, and the fee was for another 5 days. It pissed me off so bad that I never went there again.

Oh, after they went bankrupt they sold any unpaid late fees to a debt collector. I have a collection mark on my credit for a five dollar late fee, and three dollars of handling fees. May its CEO die a painful death. What an SOB.

Aug 13, 2014 12:09PM

In my husband's hometown of Chicora, PA , an hour north of Pittsburgh, they love to tell the story of the Chicora Buggy Whip Factory.  Back at the dawn of the 20th century, they were the largest manufacturer of buggy whips in the country (or in the world, depending upon who is telling the story).  The town was bustling and the population was growing by leaps and bounds.  Things were going great for the Chicora Buggy Whip Factor--right up until the introduction of the horseless carriage.  Business slowed and the workers urged the owner of the factory to branch out and begin to produce other goods, but he refused, declaring the automobile to be a passing fad.  Well, I'm sure you see where this story is going.  And that is why to this day, few people have ever heard of Chicora, PA.  But Google it--it really exists.

Aug 13, 2014 12:29PM
Surprised Montgomery Ward is not on the list oh wait its MSN they don't know or write useful articles my bad.
Aug 13, 2014 1:30PM
It would be nice to here a kid ask what Wal-Mart was.. lol  Fingers crossed
Aug 13, 2014 4:35PM
Sam Goody's.... Bradlees.... Grants.... Meyer Bros....  I loved the Borders store, good gifts there at Christmas 
Aug 12, 2014 8:50PM
Tower records-bought many cds there over the years.
Aug 13, 2014 12:18PM
Retailers come and go, always have always will.
Aug 13, 2014 2:06AM
The one I miss most is Circuit City
Aug 13, 2014 3:50PM

In my working career I've worked for four companies that went out of business.











Maybe it's me.

Aug 12, 2014 6:43PM
What about Gemco, Zodys and White Front
We had a blockbuster for all of 6 months right before they went out of business, KB hadn't been a good store since the mid 90s, Tower Records wasn't in this area and neither was Circuit City. We have a bunch of video stores still so it was bad operations on Blockbuster.
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