That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 17, 2005

Where Do All The Signs Go?

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 2:00 am

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.



  1. Afterthoughts is still around, after a fashion. I live in a small city that has a mall that contained a Clare’s and an Afterthoughts, and early in 2002, as the mall was remodeling, they took down the old “Afterthoughts” sign, repainted the storefront, and resigned the store “Icing by Clare’s”. I don’t know if they did this in any other stores, but they did in our mall. (I live in Idaho, so nothing a company does here should be seen as significant.)

    Comment by Angry Reader — January 9, 2006 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  2. CALDOR! Loved caldor as a kid..they seemed huge to me..loved the dim lighting inside and large concentric circle AC fans..very 70s/80s! Plus they were cheap in a good way!

    Comment by Papi — March 20, 2006 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

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