8 Iconic Stores That Have Disappeared
From Filene's Basement to Tower Records
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2014 10:04 AM CST
A Blockbuster sign on a store is seen in Barre, Vt., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – This week, Radioshack announced the closing of some 1,100 stores, prompting speculation as to whether it will go the way of Blockbuster. That reminds a nostalgic Caitlin Dewey at the Washington Post of the key stores of yesteryear that just aren't there anymore:

  1. After more than 100 years, Filene's Basement shut down in 2012; it was the first bargain clothing shop in the US.
  2. Thanks to music's digital transition, Tower Records closed in 2006 after nearly 50 years in business. Sam Goody was bought out the same year.
  3. When Circuit City shut in 2009, the company pointed to the recession—but it was dealing with the same changing demands Radioshack currently faces, Dewey notes.

  1. KB Toys faded from the scene in 2008, leaving many kids less excited about the mall.
  2. Facing online competition, Borders went under in 2011. "Browsing Amazon on your laptop just doesn’t have quite the same, easily fetishized appeal," Dewey writes.
  3. Howard Johnson's used to serve customers everywhere. Want a bite now? You'll have to head to Lake Placid, NY, or Bangor, Maine.
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Mar 9, 2014 12:53 PM CDT
The shutdown of KB Toys was the doing of Mitt Romney and his little Bain Capital financial company, which actually made a profit by butchering and boarding up KB Toys. KB Toys was actually not even in serious financial distress when Bain Capital took control of it. Like vultures, Romney/Bain bought KB Toys, sucked and sold off the remaining value out of it, paid themselves an 85 million dollar dividend, then filed bankruptcy on KB and let it die, putting 3500 people out of work. Further proof that Mitt Romney simply hates children and toys.
Mar 9, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
Bad chain stores with overpaid top management, out of touch buyers, poor service, & overpriced stuff. The more interesting headline would have been which chains are next to die? JCP, Sears - Kmart, Bucca's (good food but horrible service), Denny's & Eat'n'Park (average food but horrible service), the list goes on and on. Terrible service is just unacceptable anymore.
Mar 9, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
hey they 4 got. Jamesway,Crazy Eddies(where he prices are INSANE!!)