That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

December 14, 2014

Mohawk Mall ad, December 3, 1986

Filed under: Christmas,deadmalls.com,newspaper clippings,other malls — Anita @ 8:03 pm

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Mohawk was one of the first malls mentioned on deadmalls.com about 10+ years ago.

 

At page 48, there is a salespaper for the mall:

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December 13, 2014

The Pittsburgh Press, December 1, 1991

Filed under: Christmas,dead chains,drugstores,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 12:08 am

Here is the entire paper. The ads start around page 130-ish. 

I’m going to have some Christmas Cookies from Trader Joes while the images upload.
Trader Joes pfeffernüsse cookies
I used to think these were called "sing a long" lights

When I was little, I thought these were called Sing a Long Lights, and when you plugged them in, tinny sounding xmas music would emit from them.

Brooks Pharmacy, December 1, 1991 (pittsburgh press)

Look at all the exclamation perfume. I finally bought some last weekend at WalMart, they had the small bottles for $3.

xmas with the Turtles (Ames, December 1, 1991)

Xmas with the Turtles at Ames.

Woolworth, December 1, 1991 Pittsburgh Press

This woolworth paper was specifically for mall locations in the area. Hence, the nicer merchandise, like the NES, SNES, and Game Boy. Pretty sure my Woolworth in Hampton, VA never had merchandise this nice. I do remember them selling Rollerblades at my location.

Revco used to be all about the nutcrackers (12/1/1991)

Revco used to be all about the nutcrackers.

VCR Plus (12/1/1991

Did the VCR Plus really work? It seems so much easier and cheaper back then to learn how to use the timer record function.

December 11, 2014

CBS 6 Video Vault: 1991 November 12 – Richmond loses downtown Thalhimers location – YouTube

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 12:05 am

CBS 6 Video Vault: 1991 November 12 – Richmond loses downtown Thalhimers location – YouTube.

November 26, 2014

“A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire”

Filed under: Christmas,potential dead chains — Anita @ 12:26 pm

By Jon Bois:

I said that a lot of working at RadioShack felt like guard duty. One week, it was actual guard duty: a RadioShack in a stone-dead mall was scheduled to close in a week, and all its employees had already bailed, so they sent me there to manage it for a few days.

The first day, I opened the store for 12 hours, and not a single person walked in. The second day, a guy bought a watch battery, and the store revenue for the week upped to $2.99. It didn’t take me long to pull out the desk chair from the back room, have a seat in the middle of the store, rewire the display TVs, and watch MacGyver on satellite.

And it’s true that I was making pennies above minimum wage, but it’s also true that my job was to go to a building, turn on the lights, sit there, be the boss of myself, watch a shitload of MacGyver, and go home. MacGyver is an awesome show and I will never have a better week of work than that one.

On the second-to-last day there, I left the store empty for 30 seconds so I could use the bathroom, and within those 30 seconds, someone sprinted in and straight-up stole the cash drawer and the $300 inside of it. In a panic, I called the district office to let them know.

Their response, more or less, was, “eh, whatever.” Damn it, I could have just taken it myself. I could have given myself a $300 raise for watching the dang MacGyver.

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November 24, 2014

BlackBusterCritic on Blockbuster failing

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 11:51 pm

(watch on youtube)

He made this video about a year before they wrapped up, so maybe not that relevant anymore, but still amusing.

Sarah Jessica Parker. 300 copies of Sex in the City 2.

 

//edit, December 15, 2014//

I found a clip where Blackbuster yells about this one time this guy didn’t know how to use the DROPBOX at Blockstuer.  It starts around 7:27 if youtube doesn’t take you there directly.

November 19, 2014

Kids skateboard in an abandoned KMart (2009)

Filed under: dead stores,Kmart — Anita @ 10:10 pm

 

 

I had a dream like this a few months ago. The KMart in the town I grew up in closed, and at nights the abandoned store would become a skatepark. The boys who ran the place wouldn’t let me go in to take pictures.

October 18, 2014

Straw Hat Pizza

Filed under: commercials — Anita @ 11:21 pm

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(screencap from this commercial break from 1981)

September 26, 2014

Flickr: siteride’s Photostream

Filed under: dead chains,Retail/Mall fan websites — Anita @ 5:55 pm

The Wall Staten Island Mall, NY

 

The Wall Staten Island Mall, NY

Flickr: siteride’s Photostream.

 

I’m in absolute love with this person’s Flickr album of stores from the late 90s and early 2000s. Most of these are from the Staten Island area of New York.

Wasn’t The Wall the most overpriced store of our childhood?

September 23, 2014

Caldor Worker, 1980s (eBay)

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 1:10 pm

Creepy Man at Caldor I found on eBay.

(Posted on the deadmalls Pinterest)

I mean, look how scary this man is. The glasses, the hand placement, the standing under the “Back to School” sign. THE STARE.

September 19, 2014

My Review of Karma Soap

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 9:59 pm

Originally submitted at LUSH USA

The fresh earthy scent of Karma, in a bar

No sir, I didn’t like it.

By deadmallsanita from Wakefield, VA on 9/19/2014

 

1out of 5

When you survey your stash, you label this product: None of the above

Cons: Unpleasant Smell

Best Uses: Showers, Facial Soap

Describe Yourself: Budget Buyer

I didn’t like the smell of this, it reminded me of harsh cleaning chemicals my parents would use in the 1980s.

(legalese)

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