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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sears in Crystal Lake, Illinois Closing.

     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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Sears Closing at Woodland Mall In Grand Rapids, Michigan.

     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.

Vintage signage.

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.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MC Sports Closing All 66 Stores.

     Another one bites the 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, 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


12765 Harper Village Drive Battle Creek MI
6272 S. Westnedge Road Kalamazoo MI
5157 West Main Kalamazoo MI
1164 Jackson Crossing Jackson MI
5002 Saginaw Lansing MI
1412 South Mission Mount Pleasant MI
462 Briarwood Circle Ann Arbor MI
8101 Movie Dr. Brighton MI
6248 Saginaw Road Grand Blanc MI
863 South Main Street Lapeer MI
14600 Lakeside Circle Sterling Heights MI
4830 Wilson Avenue, Suite 700 Grandville MI
2337 North Park Drive    Suite 14 Holland MI
1755 East Sherman Blvd. Muskegon MI
6800 Cannonsburg Road Belmont MI
3160 – 28th Street, S.E. Grand Rapids MI
3150 Plainfield Avenue Grand Rapids MI
1286 West Perry Street Big Rapids MI
8873 East 34 Road (Boon) Cadilac MI
3450 S. Airport Road West Traverse City MI
1064 M-32 West Alpena MI
1517 W. Main Street Gaylord MI
1614 Anderson Road Petoskey MI
3020 W. Highway 41 Marquette MI


3100 Susan Drive Bloomington IN
1114 South 17th    Markland Mall H12A Kokemo IN
4201 Coldwater Road, Suite #P9 Fort Wayne IN
10250 Maysville Road Fort Wayne IN
4024 Elkhart Road,  Suite 25 Goshen IN
4110 South Franklin Michigan City IN
1500 Pilgrim Lane, Suite 110 Plymouth IN


1200 Commons Circle Plover WI
2211 8th Street S. Wisconsin Rapids WI
4421 Dewey Street Manitowoc WI
3650 County Road A Sheboygan WI
1311 W. Paradise Drive West Bend WI
9348 St. Hwy 16  Crosseroads Center Onalaska WI
119 Commerce Street Wisconsin Dells WI


2058 Sycamore Road Dekalb IL
7141 Harrison Avenue Rockford IL
3340 Mall Loop Dr., Suite 1144 Joliet IL
1651 38th Street Peru IL
2000 North Neil St, Space No. 395 Champaign IL
US 51 North  Hickory Point Mall – Space 100 Forsyth IL
1615 E. Empire Bloomington IL
105 N. Main St East Peoria IL


1017 Branson Hills Parkway Branson MO
2825 South Glensone  Space R14A Springfield MO
2300 Bernadette Drive Columbia MO
603 N. Belt St Joseph MO
354 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite A Warrensburg MO


1110 N. Quincy, Unit A1 Ottumwa IA
1205 SE 16th Court   Interstate Shopping Center Ankeny IA
3850 Merle Hay Road, Suite #960 Des Moines IA
452 Indianhead Drive Mason City IA
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Update: The Orchards Mall In Benton Harbor, Michigan Is Still Open.

     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 Sears

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.

Common sight.

Former Sears.

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