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Monday, January 30, 2017

Macy's Liquidation At Stratford Square Mall Begins.


     The start of a new year did not begin easy as several retailers already began announcing closures and cut backs to there portfolio's. Macy's was no exception beginning this year closing 68 stores or over a 100 estimated by the end of this year.

     These stores began there liquidation around the second week of January and will run through late March, possibly early April for some stores. Of most, several individual locations are more special than others to me, that in particular, the Macy's (former Marshall Field's) at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

     I post quite frequently about the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg as my favorite mall by far, as I grew up in Schaumburg, although Stratford Square is the first mall I went to ever!

     I will miss this store, and unfortunately, is another blow to the occupancy rate of a once great mall. It is still great, but here is my post of the mall featuring photos from years back and several store fronts are empty. Walk through today and it shows signs of being on the verge of being classified as a dead mall.

     Here are my pictures from two weeks ago as the liquidation started. A lot of good shots capturing the vultures grabbing "good deals", if this many people supported the store in the first place, it would not be closing.













Pacsun was having its last day sale, had to include a picture of this as well.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Janesville Mall Update 1/17.


     It's nice to finally see how the renovations done to Janesville Mall have really changed the interior appearance, although I am a fan of the old interior, new carpet, flooring, and paint can really brighten up and renew an old place. 


Since the last time I was here, JCPenney was still open, although the closure was announced the weekend I went here, and the store closed around April.

Last year, Dick's Sporting goods and Ulta Beauty opened in former JCPenney as major interior renovations were also completed. 




Very nice to see a RadioShack still operates here, I guess some things never change.




I was here on Sunday, so by this time, the mall was ready to close for the night.



Former JCPenney.




Former JCPenney.


Had an advertisement for the roofing company, and the aerial view still shows JCPenney.





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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Last Days At Machesney Park Bergner's.


     Years of decline leading up to the de-malling of Machesney Park Mall, the lost of JCPenney in 2014, and now Bergner's, the last semi-original anchor store (originally Younker's) is closing at the end of January. The plan of Machesney Town Center returning to a prospering retail hub has taken a turn for the worst now left with only two stores, Burlington and Big Lots. There is a college in the rear of the center, otherwise a retail strip is located down RT-251 and the Cherryvale Mall is the destination for Rockford.

Here is my original post of Machesney Park Mall from December 2014 featuring photos from 2012 and 2014.

Here is my FLASHBACK: post featuring very vintage photos from the 80's and 90's courtesy of Labelscar.

Here is my post as I returned to Machesney Town Center featuring photos from May 2015.

Here are the photos I took last week as I walked through the store for what will be the last time.
















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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sears And Kmart Closures Topping 150 Locations.


     Sears announced another wave of store closures by this spring, topping the list to 150 stores. Sears Holdings will now close 108 Kmart's, and 42 Sears stores by April. Yesterday's announcement was added to a previous list of closures announced in late December, on considering about 30 stores of this total.

     I instantly thought of the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2, as the song starts out with Bono singing "I can't believe the news today...". I couldn't believe the news of Kmart closing MORE stores and Macy's closing stores, all announced the same day, many of which I have shopped at for years, and love very much.


Here is my post from late December as Sears announced 28 store closures, several more added to the list before New Years.

     Again, all of these stores are going to close by spring (late March/ early April), as the liquidation sales start at the end of this week. I am very certain this will not be the last list of stores set to close this year, as Sears dug a hole far too deep for any alpinist to ever climb out.

     Today, Sears announced the sale of Craftsman Tools to Stanley Black & Decker for 900 million, not enough to even make a dent in Sears debt, so what does the chain have left to stand out from the rest?

Here is the full list of stores provided by Business Insider:

(Stores highlighted in yellow are stores I have been to and can be found throughout my site). 

Kmart stores that are closing:
  • Jasper Mall, Jasper, Alabama
  • 2003 US-280, Phenix City, Alabama
  • 3600 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, California
  • 3001 Iowa Ave., Riverside, California
  • 25 West Polk St., Coalinga, California
  • 333 Sierra St., Kingsburg, California
  • 363 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado
  • 2809 North Ave., Grand Junction, Colorado
  • 45 Shunpike Road, Cromwell, Connecticut
  • 1801 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River, Florida
  • 501 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida
  • 19400 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 2111 S. Federal Highway, Ft. Pierce, Florida
  • 1501 Normandy Village Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2211 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida
  • 4955 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida
  • 111 Town and Country Drive, Palatka, Florida
  • McGregor Point Shopping Center, Fort Myers, Florida
  • 33 W. Montgomery Cross Road, Savannah, Georgia
  • 3200 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia
  • 365 Habersham Village Circle, Cornelia, Georgia
  • 1601 Highway 40 East, Kingsland, Georgia
  • 4561 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2600 Dodge St., Dubuque, Iowa
  • 5700 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa
  • 3810 University Ave., Waterloo, Iowa
  • 2851 Belt Line Parkway, Alton, Illinois
  • 3655 Nameoki Road, Granite City, Illinois
  • 750 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, Indiana
  • 1460 West State Road 2, La Porte, Indiana
  • 4820 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 4200 W. Kellogg Dr., Wichita, Kansas
  • 191 Outer Loop, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2815 West Parrish Ave., Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1501 Paris Pike, Georgetown, Kentucky
  • 14662 N. US Highway 25 East, Corbin, Kentucky
  • 1710 W. Highway 192, London, Kentucky
  • 3010 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 2945 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 115 South Airline Highway, Gonzales, Lousiana
  • 1400 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 688 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine
  • 222 North Point Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1130 Newport Ave., South Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • 9 Plaza Way, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
  • 29600 Ford Road, Garden City, Michigan
  • 3555 O'Neill Drive, Jackson, Michigan
  • 1396 South Main St., Adrian, Michigan
  • 5400 S. Cedar St., Lansing, Michigan
  • 1501 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon, Michigan
  • 40855 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, Michigan
  • 17580 Frazho Road, Roseville, Michigan
  • 3541 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan
  • 165 Wayne Road, Westland, Michigan
  • 6455 US 31 North, Acme Township, Michigan
  • 1305 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • 1477 State Highway 248, Branson, Missouri
  • 2304 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, Missouri
  • 1003 S. Bishop Ave., Rolla, Missouri
  • 3101 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri
  • 6650 Manchester Ave., St Louis, Missouri
  • Rio Mall, Rio Grande, New Jersey
  • 1468 Clementon Road, Clementon, New Jersey
  • 645 Highway 18, East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 800 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville, New Jersey
  • 4645 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, New York
  • 10405 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson, Nevada
  • 545 Concord Parkway North, Concord, North Carolina
  • 1931 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 201 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 102 New Market, Madison, North Carolina
  • 815 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1500 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • 185 Upper River Road, Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1005 East Columbus St., Kenton, Ohio
  • 225 West Avenue, New Boston, Ohio
  • I-70 & Mall Road, St. Clairsville, Ohio
  • 3515 N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1284 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • 4 East Shawnee St., Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • 5820 Shaffer Road, Dubois, Pennsylvania
  • 1320 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1890 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 5600 Carlisle Pike US 11, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 120 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, Pennsylvania
  • 100 Crossroads Plaza, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania
  • 3801 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, South Carolina
  • 254 Highway 72 Bypass, Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 8571 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, South Carolina
  • 3020 W. 12th St., Sioux Falls , South Dakota
  • 305 W. Economy Road, Morristown, Tennessee
  • 1120 McRae Blvd., El Paso, Texas
  • 9484 Dyer St., El Paso, Texas
  • 1101 Fort Hood St., Killeen, Texas
  • 3061 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, Texas
  • 1153 W. Highway 40, Vernal, Utah
  • 2010 N. Main St., Layton, Utah
  • 1419 Hershberger Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia
  • 3655 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 6101 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1355 West Main St., Salem, Virginia
  • 5132 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, Washington
  • 250 Three Springs Drive, Weirton, West Virginia
  • 731 Beverly Pike, Elkins, West Virginia
  • 1050 Division St., Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1425 E. Highway 151, Platteville, Wisconsin
  • 2211 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1840 Dell Range Blvd., Cheyenne, Wyoming
Sears stores that are closing:
  • Florence Mall, Florence, Alabama
  • 1901 S. Caraway Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Enfield Square, Enfield, Connecticut
  • Eagle Ridge Mall, Lake Wales, Florida
  • Albany Mall, Albany, Georgia
  • Columbus Park Crossing, Columbus, Georgia
  • 1235 S. Reed Road, Kokomo, Indiana
  • 2259 S. 9th St., Salina, Kansas
  • Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah, Kentucky
  • 9001 Cortana Mall, Baton Rouge/Cortana, Louisiana
  • 197 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, Louisiana
  • 9605 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, New York
  • Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, New York
  • Boulevard Mall, Amherst, New York
  • 1 Galleria Drive, Middletown, New York
  • 10 Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine
  • Swansea Mall, Swansea, Massachusetts
  • 3099 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 12737 Riverdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
  • 1850 Adams St., Mankato, Minnesota
  • 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson Cty, Missouri
  • 3702 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • 3902 13th Ave., South Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1000 S. Main St., Roswell, New Mexico
  • 2000 Brittain Road, Akron, Ohio
  • 1075 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, Ohio
  • 1701 River Valley Circle S, Lancaster, Ohio
  • Richmond Mall, Richmond Heights, Ohio
  • 1901 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 428 SW. C Ave, Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Shenango Valley Mall, Hermitage, Pennsylvania
  • 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • 1500 Mall Run Road, Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • 3595 Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1500 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 2701 David H. McLeod Blvd., Florence, South Carolina
  • 2101 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 4101 E. 42nd St., Odessa, Texas
  • 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, Virginia
  • Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, Washington
  • Town Center Mall, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Meadowbrook Mall, Bridgeport, West Virginia
With all these stores closing, the total number of stores left by this years end without an further closures is about 1,500, down 60% since 2011, when Sears operated nearly 3,500 stores.

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