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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gander Mountain Closing All Remaining Stores.

     After admitting bankruptcy in March, and beginning to liquidate a small portion of stores, Gander Mountain is officially going out of business. Earlier this week, St. Paul, Minnesota-based outdoor enthusiast chain announced it will be closing all remaining locations after filing for bankruptcy, there is a catch however. Gander Mountain and competitor Overton's were purchased by Camping World Holdings in May. This means that all the Gander Mountain stores are liquidating there inventory to make room for Camping World's merchandise. Not all the locations will actually close, unless the leases can be renewed by the changing in ownership. Camping World in based in Lincolnshire, Illinois and specializes in RV and recreational equipment. This seems to be more like a merger as Camping world will not close all the Gander Mountain stores, leaving select stores open in order to broaden its dealer network of RV sales.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bebe Closing All Stores...Here Is The List.

     Another chain bites the dust...Bebe, the hip 90's mall store every young woman purchased a crop-top that read "bebe" across the chest in rhinestones. San Fransisco-based retailer Bebe has decided to call in quits and close its last 168 physical stores within the next few weeks, closing by the end of May. Online sales could possibly remain as the chain operates several stores in other global markets.

Here is the list of stores closing in the United States, courtesy of USA Today:

The Summit
220 Summit Blvd. #150
Birmingham, AL 35243

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd. #2039
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

La Encantada
2905 E Skyline Dr. #233
Tucson, AZ 85718

Arizona Mills Outlet
5000 S Arizona Mills Circle #361
Tempe, AZ 85282

Tucson Premium Outlets
6401 W Marana Center Blvd. #119
Tucson, AZ 85742

Westgate Outlets
6800 N 95th Ave. #375
Glendale, AZ 85305

Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. #1117
Santa Clara, CA 95050

San Francisco Centre
865 Market St. #232
San Francisco, CA 94103

Arden Fair Mall
1689 Arden Way #1320
Sacramento, CA 95815

Sherman Oaks Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr. #23
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

1104A Brea Mall
Brea, CA 92821

Newport Fashion Island
811 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Topanga Plaza
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #1080
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Main Place
2800 N Main St. #168A
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Hillsdale Mall
108 Hillsdale Mall #1386
San Mateo, CA 94403

Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Rd. #615
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Santa Anita Fashion Park
400 S Baldwin #D12
Arcadia, CA 91007

University Towne Center
4505 La Jolla Village Dr. #C-8
San Diego, CA 92122

Horton Plaza
135 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Rd. #317
San Diego, CA 92108

Sun Valley
226B Sun Valley Mall
Concord, CA 94520

Mission Viejo
555 The Shops at Mission Viejo #104B
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Stoneridge Mall
2405 Stoneridge Mall Rd. #E224
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Roseville Galleria
1151 Galleria Blvd. #117
Roseville, CA 95678

Los Cerritos Center
211 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA 90703

Victoria Gardens
12535 S Main St. #1610
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Irvine Spectrum Center
747 Spectrum Center Dr. #229
Irvine, CA 92618

Fresno Fashion Fair
639 E Shaw Ave. #127
Fresno, CA 93710

El Segundo
2008 E Park Place #D
El Segundo, CA 90245

Del Amo Fashion Center
21540 Hawthorne Blvd. #428A
Torrance, CA 90503

Bay Street
5654 Bay St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

Vintage Faire Mall
3401 Dale Rd. #646
Modesto, CA 95356

Great Mall of the Bay Area Outlet
238 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA 95035

Ontario Mills Outlet
1 Mills Circle #833
Ontario, CA 91764

Camarillo Outlet
690 E Ventura Blvd. #142
Camarillo, CA 93010

Desert Hills Outlet
48650 Seminole Dr. #241
Cabazon, CA 92230

Folsom Outlet
13000 Folsom Blvd. #1006
Folsom, CA 95630

Shops at Las Americas Outlet
4155 Camino De La Plaza #455
San Diego, CA 92173

San Francisco Premium Outlets
3780 Livermore Outlets Dr.
Livermore, CA 94551

Cherry Creek
3000 E First Ave. #B220
Denver, CO 80206

57 Westfarms #D-113
Farmington, CT 06032

Palm Beach
3101 PGA Blvd. #F121
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

19575 Biscayne Blvd. #203
Aventura, FL 33180

Boca Raton
6000 Glades Rd. #1081B
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Ft. Lauderdale
2414 E Sunrise Blvd. #F-12
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

904 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511

West Shore Plaza
226 W Shore Plaza #E12
Tampa, FL 33609

The Falls
8888 SW 136th St. #555A
Miami, FL 33176

Florida Mall
8001 Orange Blossom Trail #410A
Orlando, FL 32809

7535 N Kendall Dr. #1660A
Miami, FL 33156

Tampa International Plaza
2223 N West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

Wellington Green
10300 W Forest Hill Blvd. #226
Wellington, FL 33414

Miami International
1455 NW 107th Ave. #374A
Miami, FL 33172

St. Johns Town Center
4711 River City Dr. #107
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Coconut Point
23151 Fashion Dr. #117
Estero, FL 33928

Pembroke Gardens
14564 SW 5th St.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

South Beach
900 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

University Town Center Florida
140 University Town Center Dr. #168
Sarasota, FL 34243

Destin Commons
4135 Legendary Dr. #F116
Destin, FL 32541

Sawgrass Outlet
12801 W Sunrise Blvd. #451
Sunrise, FL 33323

Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Avenue
8200 Vineland Ave. #1225
Orlando, FL 32821

Dolphin Mall Outlet
11401 NW 12th St. #376
Miami, FL 33172

Orlando Premium Outlets Int'l Drive
4955 International Dr., #1C-19
Orlando, FL 32819

Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd. #88
Estero, FL 33928

Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Rd. NE #3075
Atlanta, GA 30326

Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Dr. #1038
Buford, GA 30519

Town Center at Cobb
400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. #265
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Woodfield Mall
5 Woodfield Mall #J-304
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Old Orchard Center
4999 Old Orchard Center #M36
Skokie, IL 60077

Chicago Premium Outlets
1650 Premium Blvd. #1161
Aurora, IL 60504

Oak Park
11737 W 95th St. #141
Overland Park, KS 66214

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. #50
Metairie, LA 70002

Montgomery Mall
7101 Democracy Blvd. #1232
Bethesda, MD 20817

75 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803

North Shore Mall
210 Andover St. #X-105
Peabody, MA 01960

South Shore Plaza
250 Granite St. #1380
Braintree, MA 02184

The Somerset Collection
2800 W Big Beaver Rd. #T247
Troy, MI 48084

Twelve Oaks
27918 Novi Rd.
Novi, MI 48377

Great Lakes Crossing Outlet
4712 Baldwin Rd. #209
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Mall of America
138 N Garden #N138
Bloomington, MN 55425

West County
40 W County Center #1140
Des Peres, MO 63131

Prestige Outlets Chesterfield
17017 N Outer Forty Rd. #194
Chesterfield, MO 63005

Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 S Las Vegas Blvd. #N11
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Galleria at Sunset
1300 W Sunset Rd. #1230
Henderson, NV 89014

Miracle Mile Shops
3663 S Las Vegas Blvd. #670
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Summit Sierra
13925 S Virginia St. #210
Reno, NV 89511

Town Square
6569 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Bldg Q, #C-169
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Las Vegas Premium Outlets
685 S Grand Central Pkwy. #2003
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Las Vegas Premium Outlets South
7400 Las Vegas Blvd. #57
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Menlo Park Mall
424 Menlo Park #1555A
Edison, NJ 08837

Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plaza #E03
Paramus, NJ 07652

The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike #B118
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Cherry Hill
2000 Route 38 #1708
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Freehold Raceway
3710 Route 9 S., #C-126
Freehold, NJ 07728

Quaker Bridge Mall
150 Quaker Bridge Mall #1031B
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Jersey Gardens Outlet
651 Kapowski Rd. #1230
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
1 Premium Outlets Blvd. #775
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

Gloucester Premium Outlets
100 Premium Outlets Dr. #230
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Uptown Center
2240 Q Street NE, #10C
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Rd. #2040
Garden City, NY 11530

125 Westchester Ave. #2280
White Plains, NY 10601

Walt Whitman
160 Walt Whitman Rd.
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Smith Haven Mall
514 Smith Haven Mall #E05
Lake Grove, NY 11755

Queens Center
90-15 Queens Blvd. #2053
Elmhurst, NY 11373

One West 34th Street
1 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Cross County
2020 Mall Walk
Yonkers, NY 10704

South Shore New York
1701 Sunrise Hwy. #F-12
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Woodbury Commons Outlet
643 Blue Bird Ct.
Central Valley, NY 10917

Niagara Falls Fashion Outlets
1790 Military Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Dr. #277
Charlotte, NC 28216

Crabtree Valley
4325 Glenwood Ave. #2108
Raleigh, NC 27612

Charlotte Premium Outlets
5428 New Fashion Way #640
Charlotte, NC 28278

Washington Square
9321 SW Washington Square Rd. #T-05
Tigard, OR 97223

King of Prussia
160 N Gulph Rd. #1357
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Ross Park
1000 Ross Park Mall Dr. #K09
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Lehigh Valley
134 Lehigh Valley Mall #1023
Whitehall, PA 18052

Philadelphia Mills
1692 Franklin Mills Circle #617 & #619
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Columbiana Center
100 Columbiana Circle #1068
Columbia, SC 29212

Green Hills
2126 Abbot Martin Rd. #152
Nashville, TN 37215

2760 N Germantown Pkwy. #144
Memphis, TN 38133

Houston Galleria
5015 Westheimer Road #A3291
Houston, TX 77056

Dallas Galleria
13350 Dallas Pkwy. #1218
Dallas, TX 75240

Barton Creek
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy. #B-8
Austin, TX 78746

La Plaza
2200 S 10th St. #R02
McAllen, TX 78503

Willow Bend
6121 W Park Blvd. #B-107
Plano, TX 75093

NorthPark Center
8687 N. Central Expressway #624
Dallas, TX 75225

Cielo Vista Mall
8401 Gateway Blvd. West #C03A
El Paso, TX 79925

Mall del Norte
5300 San Dario #176
Laredo, TX 78041

The Domain
11501 Century Oaks #109
Austin, TX 78758

Sunrise Mall
2370 N Expressway #1122
Brownsville, TX 78521

San Marcos Outlet
3939 IH-39 S #1090
San Marcos, TX 78666

Houston Premium Outlets
29300 Hempstead Rd. #949
Cypress, TX 77433

Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
5001 E US Expressway 83 #901
Mercedes, TX 78570

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets
2950 W Interstate 20 #110
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

City Creek Center
50 S Main St. #170
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Fashion Center at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St. #S10A
Arlington, VA 22202

Mac Arthur Center
300 Monticello Ave. #249
Norfolk, VA 23510

Fair Oaks
11747 L Fair Oaks #J117
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tyson's Corner
1961 Chain Bridge Rd. #K1L
Mclean, VA 22102

Stony Point Fashion Park
9200 Stony Point Pkwy. #110
Richmond, VA 23235

Potomac Mills Outlet
2700 Potomac Mills Circle #501
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Williamsburg Outlets
5645 Richmond Rd. #100
Williamsburg, VA 23188

637 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, WA 98188

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Marsh Coming To An End? My Analysis.

     A small chain of grocery stores located primarily around Indianapolis and several markets in Indiana and around Ohio may soon be a thing of the past. Indianapolis-based supermarket chain Marsh announced the closure of two stores last week, and five more added to the list leading to my suspicion Marsh may cut back on there market share. Strong competition from Kroger, Meijer, and Wal-Mart can lead to Marsh shrinking there number of locations, this will not be quick, I have personally noticed Marsh closing locations individually and parent O'Malia's the past several years.

     According to The Indy Channel, Marsh stated the closures are a result of "sustained weak sales", and how its difficult to leave a community used to shopping at Marsh, and without them, how it will impact the community. Escalated talk of closures comes from the rumor of financial trouble, and how many stores that have closed the past several years leading up to consumer suspicions.

     I read "loosing money for years" and it came to mind that Marsh opened up a location just outside Chicago in Naperville, Illinois around late 2004/early 2005. The store was built from half an unfinished Super Kmart Center, Super Kmart wanted to build a store in Naperville, plans changed with the bankruptcy. This was the first Marsh I have ever been to, the atmosphere was so different compared to Jewel-Osco or Dominick's. The store must have been a huge loss for the chain because it closed a year later, close to the exact opening date I remember. Being so far from there warehouse and any other location made stocking to store difficult I'm sure. However, several years past from then, and I shopped in Marsh in Lafayette, Indiana, and many locations around Indianapolis, and to me, they just feel like a cheap market, like a Butera or Caputo's.

Before the closures stored, at there peak, the company operated 70 Marsh and O'Malia's stores primarily around Indianapolis, and through Indiana and Southwest Ohio.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rue21 Closing 400 Stores.

     Popular teen clothing chain Rue 21 announced it will be closing 400 stores. The Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based chain has come to the decision of closing 400 "unprofitable" stores of its over 1,200 store chain, leaving about 700 stores open. There is only one answer, loosing sales thwart competition from online sales and equal competition in the landscape, like Zara and H&M. Store closing sales are set to begin as early as next week, although the closing dates have not been set according to the Chicago Tribune. 

     This is only another hit to the ever growing trend of the American retail apocalypse. Since late last year, several chains have filed for bankruptcy and either closed several stores, or gone out of business, this has added up to over 4,000 empty store fronts across the country.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Louis Joliet Mall MC Sports Closing.

     Back in February, MC Sports announced it will be closing all 66 of there stores, several included in Illinois, particularly this location at Louis Joliet Mall.This location in the mall is in the same wing as a Family Christian Store, which is also closing. The Sears also anchors this wing, to if that closed, this entire branch of the mall will be vacant.

Here are my photos of the MC Sports early in the liquidation, the store will be closed in a few weeks.

I figure I would throw a photo of the Sears store next to MC Sports, and the Family Christian Store that opened recently is also closing as a result of that chain going out of business.

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Louis Joliet Mall Family Christian Store Closing.

     With the chain closing, a recently filled space in the Louis Joliet Mall will go empty again. This is right across from the MC Sports, which is also closing, and both stores are near Sears, so this wing of the mall might be completely dead soon. 

Here are the photos I took of the store in the beginning of the closing sale:

MC Sports car be seen in this shot of the Family Christian Store and I placed the baskets in the shot.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Couldn't Find A Buyer... HHGregg Closing All Stores.

     After failing to find a buyer to bring them out of bankruptcy, Indianapolis- based HHGregg has announced that the company is going out of business, closing all there remaining stores. Electronics retailer HHGregg announced it would close 88 locations in order to cut losses on March 2nd, and filed for chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on March 6th. From that time, the company had a month to find a buyer to take over the company and bring them out of bankruptcy, that failed to happen. As a result, all the remaining stores started there closing sales April 8th.

     HHGregg was found in 1955 by Henry Harold Gregg and his wife fancy, according to The Indy Channel. After several decades of business, a major expansion into the Midwest and Southeast in 2010 and 2011, is now the latest retailer to call it quits, the last major electronics and appliance chain to go out of business was Circuit City in 2009.

Here is the current company website:

 Here is the map of all 220 locations:

Here are all the Illinois locations:

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Payless Shoesource Closing 400 Stores.

     Following the path that almost every retailer is going down, long time shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource is closing nearly 400 of there locations nationwide after filing for bankruptcy earlier this week. Just another challenge that is faced based on the thriving online shopping trend.

Here is the complete list of every location included provided by Market Watch.

Locations that are effected by the closures in Illinois include provided by the Chicago Tribune.
  • West Elsdon in Chicago
  • Belmont Central in Chicago
  • South Chicago
  • Scottsdale neighborhood
  • Orland Park
  • Lake Zurich
  • Waukegan 
  • Moline
  • Merrionette Park
  • Sterling
  • Danville
  • Forsyth 
  • Rockford 
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Gordmans List of Locations Slated For Closure.

     Although not going out of business as anticipated, Omaha- based clothing chain Gordmans is closing a large number of there stores and other locations being purchased by Stage Inc of Houston, Texas. A few locations in each state there located in, as this list provided by there asset purchase agreement here.

Here is my other article when Gordmans first announced a bankruptcy.

Illinois locations include Naperville, Vernon Hills, Normal, Rockford, and Machesney Park.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Woodfield Mall New Stores Update: 3/2017

     Just a few major updates to one of my favorite malls by far, Woodfield in Schaumburg, Illinois. I learned that a Super Dry Japanese clothing store in opening in June. I can't wait to shop here, I loved when Uniqlo opened on the Mag Mile in downtown Chicago. All Woodfield needs is a Primark, a chain from Ireland.

The RadioShack is closing will the rest of the chain.

A Crocs store that might not make it to the end of the year.

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Lincoln Mall in Matteson- What's Left Before Demolition (Update: 3/2017)

     The latest news on the closed Lincoln Mall in Matteson, Illinois plans for a court-ordered demolition that could begin as soon as next month. According to the Daily Southtown, the village board and a court approved receiver will return to court to discuss demolition estimates that will be reported to Matteson. If the court approves the estimates, demolition will begin in late April and finish in late July.

     According to potential developer's, the master plan calls for a "walkable" town center, the main focus is a relocated Carson's, housing such as apartments and office space, closely reflecting the redevelopment of the land once occupied by the former Plaza mall in Evergreen Park or even The Crossing at Northwest in Suburban St. Louis, Missouri. The mall is such a muddle, anything done soon will improve it, even if nothing fills the space, just remove the hazard.

     I have never heard of a place that is open for business and two-third of it are demolished and left untouched for over a decade. So many water and electrical problems finally brought the Mall to its closure in January 2015. Plans such as whats anticipated don't always follow through, lets hope something will come and turn the land around.

Here is my original post of the mall featuring in in depth view of the inside and outside of the mall through several years leading to its closure.

Here are some photos of the what is currently the condition of the Lincoln Mall before any unforeseen demolition has started.

The entire Family Christian Stores chain is closing, including the Matteson location.

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The Plaza In Evergreen Park Update: 3/2017

     With much anticipation, things are shaping up with the redevelopment progress of the old Plaza Mall in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Since the last time I was here, the old Carson Pirie Scott store was still whole, as the new store recently celebrated a grand opening. Now most of the Old Carson's is demolished and more new store fronts have popped up. I imagine that the large old bank building will remain, but I am unsure, I guess I will see in a future update. I am also curious to know what all these new tenants will be considering the major redevelopment across 95th Street and Western Avenue with a Meijer and Menards build a few years ago, and a few national retailers such as Micheal's Crafts and Ross.

     I believe Evergreen Park is shaping up for the better with all these new stores giving the people that live here and surrounding southside suburbs places to shop and jobs. The Plaza, as many malls, started out strong, but suffered a steady decline for several years before finally closing and being abandoned. In the case for The Plaza, the land will be used for a new line of stores, a rebirth of a major shopping destination for years to come.

Here is my original post of The Plaza featuring many photos from trips to the mall in March and July 2013.

Here is my post of the demolition proceeding in November 2015.

Here is my post of the redevelopment progress in September 2016.

I cannot wait to see what all of these stores are going to be, considering so many chains have closed, it might be hard to fill all these in.

Carson's is looking good.

A sliver of the former Carson's still stands next the old bank I am unsure if it will be torn down or not.

The old entrance where Circuit City was once on the left of the driveway.

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