This list was initially compiled in May 2020 utilizing Kmart's online store directory and then doing research through various news reports, phone calls to stores and message boards to verify the number of stores remaining open. We stand by the accuracy of this list recently cited in Forbes. At BroStocks we have a soft spot … Continue reading How many Kmarts are left in the United States?
What is Sam Goody?: Sam Goody history Sam Goody was an iconic music retail store chain that traces its origins to the late 1930's when Sam "Goody" Gutowitz (1904-1991) began selling records out of a New York City toy store and eventually opened up a dedicated location for discount records in the 1940's. The iconic … Continue reading Are there any Sam Goody stores still open? How many Sam Goody’s are left?
UPDATE: Since publishing, it's been announced that this store will close in March 2022. Two years ago, we checked in on two Sears stores around Christmas in 2019. We skipped last year but we are back at it this year. The difficulty, first, is to find a Sears store. As we have documented, there are … Continue reading Sears at Christmas in 2021
This piece is a continuation on our series keeping tabs on classic retail chains as they, unfortunately, fade into the rearview. This list is solely for full-line Sears stores, Sears Grand, Sears Appliance & Mattress, and Sears Home Life stores. This list does not include the typically owner operated Sears Hometown Stores. As we noted … Continue reading How Many Sears Stores Are Left?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-wLgbpwgQY The Sears in the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland is one of less than 30 remaining Sears stores. It is also the last Sears store in the state of Maryland. We stopped by to check it out in April 2021 and as you can imagine, it wasn't what you'd call 'packed' with … Continue reading Sears, Francis Scott Key Mall, Frederick, Maryland.
We continue our series on dead malls with the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, colloquially known as Pittsburgh Mills, opened in summer 2005 to great fanfare as the second-largest shopping complex in western Pennsylvania. It started out with three anchor stores JCPenney, Kauffmans (which eventually became Macy’s), and … Continue reading Dead Malls: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.
This piece was originally published April 20, 2020 and updated January 31, 2021 to reflect recent calls by Chamath Palihapitiya. "You keep saying propping up zombie companies...are you arguing to let airlines, for example, fail?""Yes."A stunned Scott Wapner, a longtime CNBC host, stammers and stutters..."why? How does that make sense in the broader scheme of … Continue reading Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? A different type of populist billionaire
What happened to the Verizon ringback tone? As if Millennials needed another reminder of our own aging, Verizon has announced full discontinuation of ringback tones and ringtones. The iconic tones shaped so many of us who were coming of age in the early to mid 2000's. The decision: what song do I want to play … Continue reading Verizon Says Goodbye to Ringback and Ringtones
Is Stein Mart Bankrupt? Stein Mart, the storied chain that began in 1908 with a first location in Greenville, Mississippi by Russian Jewish immigrant Sam Stein, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic back on August 12, 2020. All 281 stores across 30 U.S. states will be liquidated. We will examine … Continue reading What Happened to Stein Mart? The Rise and Fall of the Department Store Chain
Post last updated September 28, 2021. According to JCPenney's official website, there are "more than 650" remaining locations. We started this list when the company announced a list of 154 stores closing on June 6, 2020 in the wake of their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in May 2020. (This was revised and is now 152 … Continue reading How many JCPenney stores are left?