That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

December 15, 2008

The dead clothing stores/clothing brands post

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 11:17 pm

The 80’s Rule: And what of Chess King?

Retroland | Gitano Jeans — I remember I had a light turquoise Gitano purse that I got at Sears when I was six-ish. I think I also had a hot pink Gitano duffle bag I used for dance classes.

Kinney Shoes — I used to find the best Vans and Airwalks and JanSport backpacks at Kinney in the mid 90’s.

Any other missed dead clothing stores / clothing brands?


  1. How about?
    Mariane Stores
    Red Robin Ladies
    Joy Hosiery

    Comment by Norman — December 18, 2008 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

    • I think we’re getting too much into dead chains in general when we bring up Caldor, Ames, and Jamesway.

      Comment by Anita — December 18, 2008 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  2. How about Jimmy’Zs? I used to practically live in JimmyZ shorts during the summer in the late Eighties and early Nineties, until the things just up and disappeared somewhere along the line.

    Comment by Brian Lutz — December 20, 2008 @ 3:54 am | Reply

  3. I think JimmyZ’s still exists. 14 locations, a subsidiary of Aeropostale. Hmm…the only ones I know off the top of my head are The Woodlands Mall in Houston and Mall of America.

    Comment by Jonah N — January 2, 2009 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  4. To Foot Locker: Oh my god, you killed Kinney! You bastards!!!

    And “Chess King” only rang a bell because of the Freezepop song.

    Also, most of the chains that Macy’s borged over the last few years were better than Macy’s itself…

    Comment by Chad — January 13, 2009 @ 4:07 am | Reply

  5. I used to buy all my preppy clothes when I was in High School at J. Riggings. I was also a fan of Britches of Georgetown (used to frequent their store @ MacArthur Center back in the early part of this decade).

    Comment by Stuart — January 14, 2009 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  6. Gadzooks – always the coolest Candie’s clothes, the VW bug inside
    Above the Board – there was one in Greenbrier and Patrick Henry (which caught fire or something)

    Comment by ellez — August 13, 2009 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  7. I dearly miss Virginia’s own Hip Pocket stores. They were owned by S& K Famous Brands for most of the 70’s and 80’s until they were sold to CSVA, Inc. Back in the day, Hip Pockets was THE Levis store.

    They had numerous locations in Richmond and on both sides of Hampton Roads, plus also in Charlottesville and Lynchburg. They expanded into North Carolina and South Carolina in the mid 80’s.

    Comment by Kevin Mason — September 6, 2010 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  8. S&K, a men’s clothing chain that used to advertise a lot during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, bit the dust last year (it was fairly quiet unlike the demise of Circuit City, to use another Richmond-based chain).

    Comment by Jacob — November 16, 2010 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • I didn’t even know s&k went under. They seemed to just advertise on WAVY. We had to get charter cable last year so we don’t get to watch WAVY anymore.

      Comment by Anita — December 20, 2010 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

    • I didn’t know about S&K either …

      Comment by Chris — May 5, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  9. Teepeedashery…….Chess King’s competitor in the Westchester area

    Comment by John — March 8, 2011 @ 2:10 am | Reply

    • I used to work at TeePee at Cross County… I’ll never forget the day Limited Express opened across the way… We all said “We’re screwed!”

      Comment by juniorsebastian — October 1, 2011 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

      • and I’m pretty sure I got you that job šŸ˜‰ I worked there from 1985-1987 and I’m so mad I have no pictures of the store or that time period.

        Comment by Sheryl Yvette — August 3, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

  10. I remember another one called “Just Shirts” and it had a pretty filthy logo of a drawing of a couple (man and woman) wearing just shirts (of course) and their lower halves were pressed into each other. I remember they had buttons of that image.

    Comment by Sheryl Yvette — August 3, 2017 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

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