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:
- After more than 100 years, Filene's Basement shut down in 2012; it was the first bargain clothing shop in the US.
- 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.
- 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.
- KB Toys faded from the scene in 2008, leaving many kids less excited about the mall.
- 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.
- 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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