That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 25, 2005

Casual Corner closing all 525 stores

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 5:16 am

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Casual Corner Group will close or sell all 525 of its stores in 42 states and Puerto Rico, the company announced Wednesday.

The Casual Corner, Casual Corner Annex and Petite Sophisticate stores will begin closing sales on Friday, the company said in a news release.

“However, we continue to examine the long-term strategic options for the Casual Corner Group stores, including the search for investors interested in continuing the Casual Corner/Petite Sophisticate brands and operations,” said Malcolm Sherman, the company’s chief executive officer.

Casual Corner, a women’s clothing store, was founded in 1950 in West Hartford. It employs more than 9,000 people.

Susan Cronan, a spokeswoman for the company, would not say what led to the decision to close the stores or answer questions about the closing.

“We are extremely grateful to Casual Corner Group’s associates, vendors and customers for their loyalty throughout the years,” Sherman said.

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November 24, 2005

Oh, Hills!

Filed under: dead chains,dead stores — Anita @ 1:27 am

Oh, Hills!

I found some info on the long-abandoned (since 1997) Hills store in Hampton:

> Work has been in progress at the Hampton Hills for a couple of weeks –
> drywall work and so forth. I have driven by at night to find the
> lights on and the butcher paper at the doors removed. Boxes are here
> and there – I think right now they are using as a drop off for
> Hurricane relief, but not sure of further plans.


I bet its just going to be a Salvation Army headquarters for the holidays. I can’t imagine a new store coming to Hampton that needs that much room. The only store I can think of is Kohls? But they just built one in Newport News earlier this year.

November 21, 2005

"Orange Julius is closed?" I asked, with mock astonishment.

Filed under: other malls — Anita @ 9:48 pm

Omega Julius Man: Xmas Redux>

a blog entry writen by someone who went Christmas shopping in his (unnamed) dead mall.

November 16, 2005

Plug It In Like A Toaster

Filed under: dead stores,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 12:58 am

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I got some old Time Magazines at the library where I volunter at today. This was an ad inside one of them from the early 1980’s. I remember Newmarket North/Fair Mall had an AT&T Phone store in it in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s.

November 14, 2005

Gonna Be Your Crate In Motion

Filed under: dead stores,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:13 pm

I Want To Be A Crate In Motion

I found this old newspaper ad from the mid to late 1980’s a few weeks ago.

…Back in the 80’s they had (pauses) stores that catered to furniture made out of crates. And it wasn’t cheap either.

You can’t even find this furniture in the thrift stores.

November 2, 2005

Them Two Round Buildings!

Filed under: dead stores,newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 2:22 am

Mom's Theatre

My mom and I were looking through some old photos today, and I found this random photo she took in the movie theater she worked at. I forgot the name of the theater, but it was behind Newmarket South Shopping Center in Hampton, VA. I’m guessing here, but maybe they were called the Newmarket Theaters? And like the title implies it was two round buildings. She worked there in the late 1970’s into the very early 1980’s.

The two movie theaters closed in the early to mid 1990’s.

I had another pic of my mom in the theater, but it got put in storage.

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