AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

New rules to ensure post quality. See this thread for details.

Author Topic: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others  (Read 4633 times)

dlsterner

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 893
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Maryland
  • Last Login: Today at 07:37:36 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #75 on: September 26, 2022, 06:06:13 PM »

Well, today I learned there's a Stuckey's in Connecticut.

One still exists near Mappsville VA as well - one of the "old school" Stuckey's no less.

skluth

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2658
  • Age: 66
  • Location: Palm Springs, CA
  • Last Login: Today at 05:12:11 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #76 on: September 26, 2022, 06:20:54 PM »

Does Boston Market still exist anymore?  I used to find several location in Texas, but not anymore.  Did they go out of business?

I know of 3 within 20 minutes of me in CT, plus 4 more within 30-40.   They always look empty, but somehow are surviving.

I ate at one in the San Fernando Valley last month. I was shocked as I thought they were only in the frozen food business these days. I stopped to get dinner there and brought it to back to my hotel. It was as salty and bland as I remember them from before, but BM was always a comfort food place.
Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11270
  • Last Login: Today at 05:44:16 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2022, 08:28:44 PM »

Well, today I learned there's a Stuckey's in Connecticut.

One still exists near Mappsville VA as well - one of the "old school" Stuckey's no less.
Yeah, everyone knows that one that takes the CBBT. :)
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

jp the roadgeek

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4361
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Outside the I-291 beltway
  • Last Login: Today at 05:42:17 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #78 on: September 26, 2022, 08:49:18 PM »

Well, today I learned there's a Stuckey's in Connecticut.

One still exists near Mappsville VA as well - one of the "old school" Stuckey's no less.
Yeah, everyone knows that one that takes the CBBT. :)

Believe it's in the Pilot on CT 216 in North Stonington.  Only a few hundred feet from the RI line.
Logged
Interstates I've clinched: 97, 290 (MA), 291 (CT), 291 (MA), 293, 295 (DE-NJ-PA), 295 (RI-MA), 384, 391, 395 (CT-MA), 395 (MD), 495 (DE), 610 (LA), 684, 691, 695 (MD), 695 (NY), 795 (MD)

Avalanchez71

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2121
  • Location: Middle Tennessee
  • Last Login: November 22, 2022, 02:09:43 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #79 on: September 26, 2022, 10:52:46 PM »

Does Boston Market still exist anymore?  I used to find several location in Texas, but not anymore.  Did they go out of business?

I know of 3 within 20 minutes of me in CT, plus 4 more within 30-40.   They always look empty, but somehow are surviving.

I saw one in Winter Haven, FL.
Logged

Avalanchez71

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2121
  • Location: Middle Tennessee
  • Last Login: November 22, 2022, 02:09:43 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #80 on: September 26, 2022, 10:53:33 PM »

Does Quincy’s Steak House still exist?  I know in Florida they closed em all, but I remembered Florence, SC had one off I-95, but that was decades ago.
They are dead.

No more big fat yeast rolls.
Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11270
  • Last Login: Today at 05:44:16 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #81 on: September 27, 2022, 07:05:00 AM »

Does Boston Market still exist anymore?  I used to find several location in Texas, but not anymore.  Did they go out of business?

I know of 3 within 20 minutes of me in CT, plus 4 more within 30-40.   They always look empty, but somehow are surviving.

I saw one in Winter Haven, FL.
Heh.  Stuckey's is far from dead, with a whole lot of locations in the southeast still -- although a faint shadow of the one-at-every-exit days of yore.

CT is a definite geographic outlier.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

Pink Jazz

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1691
  • Real Men Wear Pink

  • Age: 34
  • Location: Queen Creek, AZ
  • Last Login: Today at 10:00:30 AM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #82 on: September 27, 2022, 01:25:03 PM »

One Italian chain that seems to be a shell of its former self is Johnny Carino's. They had a big expansion back in the early 2000s, but then closed a lot of locations and continues to shutter many of their locations. They did file for bankruptcy both in 2014 and 2016.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2022, 01:27:26 PM by Pink Jazz »
Logged

Ned Weasel

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1984
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Kansas
  • Last Login: December 01, 2022, 04:57:35 PM
    • My Instagram
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #83 on: September 28, 2022, 06:25:34 PM »

Shoney's
Logged
"I was raised by a cup of coffee." - Strong Bad imitating Homsar

Disclaimer: Views I express are my own and don't reflect any employer or associated entity.

roadman65

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 13450
  • Location: Lakeland, Florida
  • Last Login: Today at 06:14:45 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #84 on: September 28, 2022, 06:43:45 PM »

Bojangles Chicken.
Logged
Every day is a winding road, you just got to get used to it.

Sheryl Crowe

Avalanchez71

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2121
  • Location: Middle Tennessee
  • Last Login: November 22, 2022, 02:09:43 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #85 on: September 28, 2022, 09:10:00 PM »

Bojangles Chicken.
They put a bunch of Bojangles Chicken outlets up in Middle Tennessee in the past 10 years.
Logged

ibthebigd

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 228
  • Location: US
  • Last Login: Today at 10:05:57 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #86 on: September 29, 2022, 05:04:24 AM »

Bojangles put several locations in central Kentucky. Then closed several quickly. Same in West Virginia I think.

SM-G996U

Logged

ErmineNotyours

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1046
  • Age: 55
  • Location: Renton, Washington
  • Last Login: November 28, 2022, 04:57:10 AM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #87 on: September 29, 2022, 05:40:21 AM »

Haggen was a grocery chain that existed throughout the Seattle/Puget Sound area, especially under their other name Top Food.  Then they seemed to close most of the Top Foods or change them back to Haggen.  I wondered what was going on, and it turned out they were doing this to accommodate the Safeway/Albertson's merger.  Where there were too many Safeways or Albertsons close together, one of them would be converted to a Haggen.  I went to some of those stores.  The large conversions from Safeway seemed sparse and empty.  They put up faux old-fashioned decorations on the walls, which were electronically printed.  It seemed they cleared out the old stores to put up new shelves as Haggen, but I know the opposite became true.  Haggen was being supplied by Safeway/Albertsons, and soon they complained that the larger company wasn't treating them fair.  Haggen soon went out of business as an independent company, and the stores were converted back to the brand they once were.  I got a look inside the Safeway I mentioned earlier because they kept the in-store bank branch open during the reconversion.  The place was cleared out once again to put up new shelves again.  But Haggen still had a strong presence in Bellingham, from whence they originated, and I wondered what would happen there.  All the Bellingham locations still seem to be open, and it turns out Safeway/Albertsons bought out Haggen and have kept them open in Bellingham and some other locations.  Oak Harbor still has one Haggen in an old Safeway (next to a Safeway gas station) while the new Safeway is open on the hill behind them.  Haggen seems to exist as the luxury/import brand to Safeway, like QFC does to Fred Meyer.
Logged

hbelkins

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 18242
  • It is well, it is well, with my soul.

  • Age: 61
  • Location: Kentucky
  • Last Login: Today at 01:01:18 PM
    • Millennium Highway
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #88 on: September 29, 2022, 02:49:15 PM »

Bojangles put several locations in central Kentucky. Then closed several quickly. Same in West Virginia I think.

SM-G996U

Yes, the one in Mt. Sterling didn't last long.

Popeye's did the same thing 20-something years ago. They built one in Winchester but it didn't stay open very long at all.
Logged


Government would be tolerable if not for politicians and bureaucrats.

Avalanchez71

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2121
  • Location: Middle Tennessee
  • Last Login: November 22, 2022, 02:09:43 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #89 on: September 30, 2022, 09:15:34 PM »

Bojangles put several locations in central Kentucky. Then closed several quickly. Same in West Virginia I think.

SM-G996U

Yes, the one in Mt. Sterling didn't last long.

Popeye's did the same thing 20-something years ago. They built one in Winchester but it didn't stay open very long at all.
Popeye's did open up on Middle Tennessee as well.  They did seem to put up a franchise in the same towns as the Bojangles but just not on the same side of town.  They seem to still be around.  They have very slow drive-thru times, never have the lobby open and then they close early.
Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11270
  • Last Login: Today at 05:44:16 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #90 on: September 30, 2022, 09:26:08 PM »

Middle Tennessee's about to get invaded by Isengard and Mordor.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

kphoger

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 24303
  • My 2 Achilles' heels: sarcasm & snark

  • Location: Wichita, KS
  • Last Login: Today at 08:29:51 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #91 on: September 30, 2022, 09:50:21 PM »

I swear, every third restaurant chain that's mentioned anywhere on this forum gets a "recently opened up in middle Tennessee" reply.  Has anyone else noticed this trend?  I'm starting to wonder if there are any chains left that haven't moved into middle Tennessee.
Logged
Keep right except to pass.  Yes.  You.
Visit scenic Orleans County, NY!
Male pronouns, please.

Quote from: Philip K. Dick
If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.

webny99

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11475
  • Left lane is for passing, not camping!

  • Age: 23
  • Location: Monroe County, NY
  • Last Login: Today at 09:04:28 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #92 on: September 30, 2022, 11:10:11 PM »

I swear, every third restaurant chain that's mentioned anywhere on this forum gets a "recently opened up in middle Tennessee" reply.  Has anyone else noticed this trend?  I'm starting to wonder if there are any chains left that haven't moved into middle Tennessee.

Well, there's definitely some that I wouldn't believe moved there only recently, like Waffle House, Cracker Barrel, and Chick-Fil-A... and probably McD's and Burger King, for that matter.
Logged
On April 25, 2022, I became the 20th user in forum history to Like the Forum Way, Way Too Much. And then I found that there's another way..
__ _______ ___ __ _______ _____

jp the roadgeek

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4361
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Outside the I-291 beltway
  • Last Login: Today at 05:42:17 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #93 on: September 30, 2022, 11:19:05 PM »

Church's Fried Chicken and Lee's Famous Recipe Fried Chicken used to have quite a few locations in CT.  Now the nearest Church's locations are in Philly and South Jersey, with the nearest Lee's Famous in Richmond, VA (Lee's is alive and well mostly along the I-75 corridor and in Indiana).

Surprised no one brought up the couple of Hardee's (later rebranded as Carl's Jr) in the Hudson Valley that came and went in about 5 years.  They were supposed to move into New England, but it never happened.  Now the nearest Hardee's is in Bear, DE
Logged
Interstates I've clinched: 97, 290 (MA), 291 (CT), 291 (MA), 293, 295 (DE-NJ-PA), 295 (RI-MA), 384, 391, 395 (CT-MA), 395 (MD), 495 (DE), 610 (LA), 684, 691, 695 (MD), 695 (NY), 795 (MD)

Avalanchez71

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2121
  • Location: Middle Tennessee
  • Last Login: November 22, 2022, 02:09:43 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #94 on: September 30, 2022, 11:40:45 PM »

I swear, every third restaurant chain that's mentioned anywhere on this forum gets a "recently opened up in middle Tennessee" reply.  Has anyone else noticed this trend?  I'm starting to wonder if there are any chains left that haven't moved into middle Tennessee.

Well I did have Middle Tennessee in mind when I originally posted this topic.
Logged

ibthebigd

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 228
  • Location: US
  • Last Login: Today at 10:05:57 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #95 on: October 01, 2022, 07:56:56 PM »

Indianapolis is starting to get A lot of chains

Zaxbys
Raising Canes
Swansons
"Chicago Pizza"
Portillo's
Jaggers

I've seen articles of several other chains I just don't remember them.

Tim Hortons came for less than 6 months.

SM-G996U

Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11270
  • Last Login: Today at 05:44:16 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #96 on: October 01, 2022, 08:12:33 PM »

Heh.  That reminds me of Cold Stone trying to open a location in Northampton, MA and failing due to the number of high quality ice cream places in the area, including Herrell's, which invented the "smoosh-in" practice of using a cold slab to mash stuff into ice cream flavors.

Flayvors, in nearby Hadley, is even better.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

jp the roadgeek

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4361
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Outside the I-291 beltway
  • Last Login: Today at 05:42:17 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #97 on: October 01, 2022, 10:39:26 PM »

Heh.  That reminds me of Cold Stone trying to open a location in Northampton, MA and failing due to the number of high quality ice cream places in the area, including Herrell's, which invented the "smoosh-in" practice of using a cold slab to mash stuff into ice cream flavors.

Flayvors, in nearby Hadley, is even better.

And speaking of Cold Stone (yes, Herrell’s is a must when I visit Northampton) and Tim Horton’s: they tried moving into Southern New England by taking over many former Bess Eaton locations, as well as building new locations, but all pulled out within a year or two because they couldn’t compete on Dunkin’s home turf.  Incidentally, Bess Eaton has been resurrected with a couple of locations in the Westerly, RI/Pawcatuck, CT area. 

And then there’s the story of Krispy Kreme.  Opened a few locations, had lines 2 miles down the street when they first opened, the fad wore off, and now save for a location at Mohegan Sun casino, they’re gone from New England. 
Logged
Interstates I've clinched: 97, 290 (MA), 291 (CT), 291 (MA), 293, 295 (DE-NJ-PA), 295 (RI-MA), 384, 391, 395 (CT-MA), 395 (MD), 495 (DE), 610 (LA), 684, 691, 695 (MD), 695 (NY), 795 (MD)

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11270
  • Last Login: Today at 05:44:16 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #98 on: October 01, 2022, 11:37:09 PM »

Krisy Kreme in Clarks Summit, PA now says they don't serve warm donuts any longer.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

jgb191

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 458
  • My favorite Interstate!

  • Age: 43
  • Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Last Login: November 29, 2022, 03:32:23 PM
Re: Chains Defunct in One Region Only to be Alive and Well in Others
« Reply #99 on: October 02, 2022, 12:33:37 AM »

I really miss Quiznos Subs.  That was my all-time favorite chain ever!  I don't know if they even exist anywhere else anymore.
Logged

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.