Saturday, February 25, 2017
First it was Kmart in 2014, now Sears is closing there Crystal Lake, Illinois location in March as the property was purchased for Mariano's (a supermarket that replaced Dominick's as Chicagolands second leading grocery chain behind Jewel-Osco). After the stores closing, demolition will follow close after as the plan is for Mariano's to open by 2018, according to this article by Northwest Herald.
Sears has been here for a long time, I believe it has been a Sears since around 2000, as Montgomery Ward was located here. The front entrance just looks like one to me, I am not sure when the Wards store opened however.
Here are a few photos I took during a walk through earlier this month.
Although it is sad that Sears is closing another store, I do look forward to going in Mariano's when that opens. I wonder how that will impact the business of Joseph's Market across the street, I guess we will see.
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A major mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan will see major changes in the next few years as big plans are in store. Woodland mall located in Kentwood, Michigan is anchored by a Sears that is scheduled to close by late March. Property management form PREIT, which owns the store, plans on demolishing the 313,000 square foot building, and replacing it with a Von Maur and an expansion to the current wing to include 10 to 15 new stores, according to the article from mLive.
This will be the first Von Maur in Western Michigan, as two other locations reside in Ann Arbor and Livonia, Michigan, outside Detroit. Construction of the Von Maur store is expected to start in 2018, the the expansion being complete and store opening in fall 2019.
Here is my original post of the mall featuring photo's from December 2014.
|This is one big Sears store.|
|Pretty dark, of course is was closed for the evening before I got these photos.|
|I think this is a part of Sears, the key cutting shop.|
I can't wait to check out the progress of the remodel and expansion next year, and how it comes out when its complete.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Another one bites the dust...as Grand Rapids, Michigan- based sporting goods retailer MC Sports has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and is closing all 66 stores. The company filed for chapter 11 February 14th and immediately announced total liquidation. The chain had 24 stores in Michigan, 11 in Ohio, eight in Illinois, seven is Wisconsin, five in Missouri, and four in Iowa.
A liquidation of each location is already in progress and expected to last a few weeks, or until each stores run out of merchandise. According to this article by Cleveland.com, MC Sports was originally founded as Michigan Clothiers in 1946, but changed names to MC Sports in 1962 to reflect a growing focus on selling sporting goods and apparel. MC Sports also bough competing chains in order to expand through Illinois, Morrie Mages' Sports and Browns Sporting Goods.
Here is the list of store locations included in the closing according to MC Sports website:
|425 Water St||Chardon||OH|
|4927 Grande Shops Ave||Medina||OH|
|67800 Mall Ring Road, Unit No. 215||St. Clairsville||OH|
|3885 Gorsky Dr. Suite F9||Zanesville||OH|
|230 McMahan Blvd||Marion||OH|
|941 Coshocton Avenue||Mount Vernon||OH|
|3749 Burbank Road||Wooster||OH|
|1475 Upper Valley Pike Upper Valley Mall||Springfield||OH|
|1639 Rombach Ave||Wilmington||OH|
|2400 Elida Road, Space 918A||Lima||OH|
|27171 Crossroads Parkway||Rossford||OH|
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
As I headed toward Grand Rapids for the weekend, I decided to stop at The Orchards Mall in Benton Harbor, the first mall I ever went to in Michigan. I first visited this little mall along I-94 back in July 2012, photo's of that time can be seen here in my original post of the mall.
I have been meaning to get more pictures of this mall as I did not get that many of the outside the first time around, but nothing changed about the outside compared to my first set of photo's. Some tenant's are there that weren't last time, as some that were there last time, are not there now.
Here are the photo's I took last week featuring a more in depth depiction of how business at the mall is doing. It just began to flurry after leaving the mall, but getting caught in a white out at night was the highlight of the trip!
|Former Burger Chef/ Hardee's still vacant.|
|The Scion billboard is still up, although the car brand is discontinued.|
|The food court is completely vacant.|
|There was a little soviet Trabant car on display, very cool piece added to the mall's decor. Now I have seen two of these in person in my life.|
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