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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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.
I filter though the submissions at deadmalls.com and I got this in my inbox:
love your site
so we created a special film and gallery for you guys
for an absolute dead mall in our area
“Windsor Park Mall” – San Antonio, Texas.
let me know
we have more pics coming soon too!
I like the pic of the old skool Waldenbooks. I’ve never seen that old Waldenbooks logo before!
Omega Julius Man: Xmas Redux>
a blog entry writen by someone who went Christmas shopping in his (unnamed) dead mall.
I got a quick question. Which dead store chain do you wish would come back?
My answer would be Hills. We had a Hills in Hampton, VA from October-ish 1995 to January of 1997. I liked that store, but Hills was on its last legs when it finally opened up in Hampton Roads and it failed, miserably. The store is still vacant.
My second answer would be Afterthoughts, it was a Clarie’s knockoff, but with stuff that was a little more mature. I’m pretty sure they all got boarded up in malls in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s. I haven’t seen one in years. There used to be one at Coliseum Mall right before you got to Wards.
My third answer? Caldor. We didn’t have them in the South, but from what I hear they were pretty popular up north. They went out of business in 1999 I think.
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.
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 that shit wasn’t cheap either.
You can’t even find this furniture in the thrift stores.
That’s Why The Mall Died!
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.
Just by running that ad, people thought that Newmarket North Mall was full of nerdy white people such as the ones in the ad! That’s why the mall died! (ad circa 1989, probably done a few months before the mall wes remodeled into Newmarket Fair)
Ok, I kid. But that’s a pretty lame ad. Sorry about it being all wrinkled up. But the paper was in pretty bad shape.
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.