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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 12:16am     #1
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So many retail stores going out of business
There are so many vacant store fronts around town. And the ones closing had huge spaces. All the KMarts closed and the last local Sears is having its going out of business sale right now. ShopKo closed a few months ago and a pretty good sized vitamin shop closed. Even several local businesses have closed and they were well established, in business for many years.
It's sad to see but I know that I, as one person, have contributed because I really hate to shop. I do as much as I can online because doing a lot of walking just wears me out.
When I went to Sears before Christmas the store was pretty empty but today with the big sale it was full.
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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 1:00am     #2
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yeah sad alot of good stores are closing . Was upset that Toys R Us closed down, was hoping they would be around for my grandchildren to enjoy their store
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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 1:38am     #3
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yeah sad alot of good stores are closing . Was upset that Toys R Us closed down, was hoping they would be around for my grandchildren to enjoy their store
Toys R Us is supposed to come back under a new name.
"The latest update in the fall and rise of Toys“R”Us has been revealed, with the brand coming back with a new concept. Rather than work as their own large, independent stores, the company will be operating within existing stores. While none of those host locations were specified, a name that did come up was the new name for these shop within a shops: Geoffrey’s Toy Box."

Honey, ain't nothing ever gonna be like it ever was before.
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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 1:50am     #4
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Toys R Us is supposed to come back under a new name.
"The latest update in the fall and rise of Toys“R”Us has been revealed, with the brand coming back with a new concept. Rather than work as their own large, independent stores, the company will be operating within existing stores. While none of those host locations were specified, a name that did come up was the new name for these shop within a shops: Geoffrey’s Toy Box."
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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 7:58am     #5
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Small business is exploding here.
I moved back to Phoenix 3 years ago and was shocked at how many empty stores in the strip malls were for rent. Just went up town a couple days ago and was shocked again. Most strip malls were completely full. Small businesses are making a comeback!
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  Old  January 28th, 2019, 8:54am     #6
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I don't like this trend. I like to go to a physical store and see what I want to purchase.. try on the clothing, see the appliances, etc. I have so much trouble buying clothes online ( and the only reason I've done so is for something stores don't carry like my lined jeans ) ..

Appliances I've always gotten at Sears. Now I'll have to check them out at Lowe's ( still have an old gift card ).. but then will have to look at stores I'm not used to for appliances. At least Sears would deliver to us way up here.. we may be out of the delivery zone for other stores.

Lights went dark.... ..... ......
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  Old  June 30th, 2019, 11:47pm     #7
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Yeah, what she said, EyesOnlyForDave. We are supposed to get more toy stores somehow

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  Old  February 6th, 2019, 10:07am     #8
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the also sad truth is the missing sales tax that will have to be absorbed by the homeowners who live in those towns going also for property taxes too. My granddaughters do all their shopping online so think of how much who is left wherever in these United States have to go & support what is left. I know i can't support that I barely can now. My hubby closed his business and at 74 go to work if he can find a job for hardly anything.

So for all the people who went online you'll be having the end result as these store fronts close and people lose their jobs You people need to see what has happened and will
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  Old  February 6th, 2019, 10:53am     #9
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Several small stores here say they are closing .. and put some of the blame on the raise in minimum wage by our state..

It's a vicious cycle.. people need more money to buy things.. wages go up.. product prices go up to reflect that...

The ones who get lost in it all are stuck trying to figure out what their small fixed income will now pay for!

It's no different than in our parents' / grandparents' times.. other than back then, they didn't "need" to buy so much expensive stuff... today everyone "needs" two or more cars, two or more tvs, cell phones which cost so much more than landlines, $ to pay for tv signals which use to be free, computers for everyone in the house, trips, eating out, etc... etc...

And all the dirty, hard working jobs that were treasured before, no one wants to do. Fast food was never a place to earn a living.. it used to be a kid earning a little extra.. what do you hear from young kids now? I'm not slinging burgers!

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  Old  February 11th, 2019, 4:32pm     #10
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Another store is biting the dust in my town. I saw in the newspaper that Shopko is closing most of their stores. I think the root of their problem is the website. It's NOT user friendly. I can't tell you how many times I've tried searching for something I wanted to purchase online and got the annoying "item not found" message. ....when I know that they have it. I just end up doing like everyone else and go to Amazon and boom, there it is.
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  Old  February 11th, 2019, 8:55pm     #11
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Another store is biting the dust in my town. I saw in the newspaper that Shopko is closing most of their stores. I think the root of their problem is the website. It's NOT user friendly. I can't tell you how many times I've tried searching for something I wanted to purchase online and got the annoying "item not found" message. ....when I know that they have it. I just end up doing like everyone else and go to Amazon and boom, there it is.
Yup - only place in our county where you can buy clothing and housewares. Ours is closing in May.

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  Old  February 12th, 2019, 8:19pm     #12
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When I was a kid, there were so many shops and stores in our small town that you didn't have to leave town to buy anything. Then the malls and box stores came along and took the business from the local stores. Now the internet is taking business from the malls and box stores. What's next?
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  Old  February 12th, 2019, 8:50pm     #13
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Apparently someone bought Sears so who knows how many will stay open at this point?
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  Old  May 16th, 2019, 11:35am     #14
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my theory is online sales.

Why you ask

I would go to the website to see if they have what I need

If I found it on the website I would go to the store and lo and behold they didnt have it

They only had more expensive items.

They told me to go to another store about 20 miles away and perhaps they would have it.

After dealing with this many times, I gave up going to brick and mortar stores and ordered online.

I do this exclusively now except for groceries.
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  Old  May 16th, 2019, 12:20pm     #15
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Now if we could just get cities and towns to make use of all these abandoned or closed down physical retail stores and malls instead of just leaving them empty, that would be something.
For instance, rezoning some of them and redeveloping them into affordable housing units comes to mind.

Here on Cape Cod they've closed down a lot of the old motels and some schools and are repurposing them by renovating and rebuilding them into much needed apartments for folks, as housing here is extremely hard to come by and rents are WAY too high for the average person to afford.
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