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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Target Closing All Canadian Stores!

A sad sight to see in any part of the world, for the people who work and shop at a particular store and find out it is closing, it is both a shock and a loss, in 2015, there will be an extensive amount of retail losses, in America, and today in Canada, where Target announced it will cease its Canadian operations after two years and billions lost, will close all 133 stores in the next two months.

It could be Karma, for a company coming from America, Target, and Canuck who has never been to the states, this was a whole new experience, or in the case of Wal-Mart, from Arkansas, was already in Canada, but with the closing of famous Canadian chain Zellers, Wal-Mart had room to grow.

At first Zellers was closing a few stores, but Target put in the extra effort to force the chain out of business and took over all remaining stores around this time two years ago, and two years later, are announcing defeat. 

Zeddy is up is retail heaven right now laughing at Targets demise!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

We're loosing stores too quickly!

In the last week, over a thousand stores from various companies and brands announced they would be closing and restructuring there business plans. In the retail world, there are ups & downs, weaker companies have to die so stronger companies can get stronger, its just nature, but this is getting ridiculous. The brick-and- mortar scene looks to be reaching an end for most companies, as online sales are a more viable option, and that worked for many others in the past, like Service Merchandise, Montgomery Ward, and Linens N' Things, but all have ended that as well.

Within the last week, these are the companies that are either liquidating entirely, or closing individual locations; (ALL pictures are from Google):

All Store 

All stores

All Stores

All stores

40 locations

14 locations

Closing all PS stores to take sales online

11 stores announced in November
Some of the notable stores we sadly lost last year, again some are goes, others closed particular stores.
All 300 remaining locations in the March 2014

Closed all stores by summer 2014

33 stores would close; announced in January

All locations by spring 2014

8 stores by May; announced in January

If there are any more that I missed, I will likely do a follow up post of all latest news at a later date.

Feel free to voice thoughts and idea on what you think or how this affects you.

Thank you for reading.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Woodland Mall- (Grand Rapids, MI)

The Woodland Mall is an enclosed mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is over 1.1 million square feet, a one-level mall with anchor stores JCPenney, Sears, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, and junior anchors Forever 21 and H&M. 

Woodland Mall opened in 1968 and is the second oldest by date, but now is the original mall in the Grand Rapids area, the first being Eastbrook Mall, now known as Centerpoint Mall. Woodlands was built at the intersection of Michigan Route-11 (28th Street) and Michigan Route-37 (East Beltline Avenue), the mall housed JCPenney, Sears and Kresge.

In 1975, the mall was expanded and this added a third major anchor store, Hudson's, and Kresge closed in 1987, and the space was divided into smaller stores.

Lord & Taylor was planned to be built at the mall in 1997, but Hudson's threatened to sue because it would cause a breach in ownership of the land and presence of Federated and May Co. being in the same mall.

In 1999, a food court and childrens play area was added near the JCPenney wing. Hudson's was converted to Marshall Field's in 2001 and then Macy's in 2006. In 2008, Barnes & Noble moved from its current location to the mall in October and opened in 2009.

Here are pictures of the mall from December 2014:

Minivan x5!... I know theres an SUV, but its dark outside:)

Sears Store

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Rivertown Crossing- ( Grandville, MI)

The RiverTown Crossing is a two-story, enclosed mall in the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville, Michigan. The malls current anchor stores are Sears, Kohl's, JCPenney, Younker's, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, and Dick's Sporting Goods. There are also over 130 stores and over 1.3 million square feet of shopping wonder.

The mall first opened in 1999 with anchor stores Hudson's, Kohl's, Sears, JCPenney, Younker's, and Galyan's. Old Navy and Barnes & Noble opened a few months later.

In 2001, Hudson's was renamed Marshall Field's, then again in 2006, when Macy's bought the entire Federated and May Co. chains, thus, being renamed Macy's.

In 2005, the Galyan's was converted to Dick's Sporting Goods.

Here are pictures of the mall from December 2014:

Approaching the mall on Rivertown Parkway, Grandville, MI

Former Hudson's/ Marshall Field's/ now Macy's

Great to see one of these and not Gamestop

Had to get another picture, why is it crooked? 

Everything will close soon enough!

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