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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #575 on: February 06, 2018, 01:29:41 PM »

Speaking of buffet restaurants I tried out the new Golden Corral in Saginaw yesterday and it was just as I expected, the food selection was pretty good but the food was average at best and that was the review of another Golden Corral I ate at several years ago in Sterling Heights.

There was a relatively new one in Holland that has already closed.
Looks like it closed very recently as it's still on Google. It only lasted about a year and the reviews were mostly awful

It was very recent, probably within the last week or two.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #576 on: February 06, 2018, 02:23:55 PM »

Golden Corral here is horrible.  I have no idea why the one in Colonie, NY is so popular (besides the fact tour buses force feed seniors there).

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #577 on: February 06, 2018, 02:59:48 PM »

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.

Is there a certain "freeway" you're referencing here?   :-D

I try and eat local whenever possible. That's what Yelp and TripAdvisor are for.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #578 on: February 06, 2018, 03:16:47 PM »

Golden Corral here is horrible.  I have no idea why the one in Colonie, NY is so popular (besides the fact tour buses force feed seniors there).

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.

There is the "you always know what you're gonna get" factor, but buffets are popular with families and large groups because a) they cater to a group whose tastes are diverse and b) it's possible to eat a sit-down meal faster than it is in a restaurant.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #579 on: February 06, 2018, 04:15:15 PM »

Speaking of buffet restaurants I tried out the new Golden Corral in Saginaw yesterday and it was just as I expected, the food selection was pretty good but the food was average at best and that was the review of another Golden Corral I ate at several years ago in Sterling Heights.

There was a relatively new one in Holland that has already closed.
Looks like it closed very recently as it's still on Google. It only lasted about a year and the reviews were mostly awful
It closed January 23rd but will be reopening. Golden Corral is looking for a new owner to take it over. It opened in December 2016.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #580 on: February 06, 2018, 04:18:36 PM »

I try to eat local as much as possible and I think it's easy to tell if a place is good or not. This is why I choose to dine at Starlite Coney Island in Burton, Michigan. It's a classic 1960's American Diner open 24 hours a day and serves some of the best food in the state of Michigan and I have been all over the state and Starlite is tops. I actually prefer Flint style coneys over Detroit style coneys.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #581 on: February 06, 2018, 04:31:12 PM »

Golden Corral here is horrible.  I have no idea why the one in Colonie, NY is so popular (besides the fact tour buses force feed seniors there).

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.

There is the "you always know what you're gonna get" factor, but buffets are popular with families and large groups because a) they cater to a group whose tastes are diverse and b) it's possible to eat a sit-down meal faster than it is in a restaurant.
When my kids were small we went to buffets, just because it was instant gratification for the kids, and the parents could eat with some resemblance of decency.  Since that time, I rarely go into one with the exception of The Fresh Tomato, of which the closest outlet is now about 400 miles away from me.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #582 on: February 23, 2018, 11:37:34 AM »

Golden Corral here is horrible.  I have no idea why the one in Colonie, NY is so popular (besides the fact tour buses force feed seniors there).

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.


GC is better than Furr's or Western Sizzlin, at least around here.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #583 on: February 23, 2018, 12:11:42 PM »

Phar More and Drug Emporium both were great stores to shop in for sundries here in Orlando.  Now both long gone.

Then Uptons who took over another department store called J Byrons later just plain Byrons (they made a big advertising campaign to remove the J for some sill reason) were mid priced clothing stores that were good.

Add Gayfers and Mason Blanche to the list as they were two top department stores in Florida.   

Oh, yes Burdines who are now part of Macy's.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #584 on: February 23, 2018, 02:45:32 PM »

Golden Corral here is horrible.  I have no idea why the one in Colonie, NY is so popular (besides the fact tour buses force feed seniors there).

Oh wait, yes I do:  There is a hefty population here that will choose chains over better and equally-priced local places because they know what they are getting and are scared of taking the risk to go elsewhere.  Fools.


GC is better than Furr's or Western Sizzlin, at least around here.

Western Sizzlin' is still around? We used to have one in my area, and I loved the place.

This is of course like 30 years ago
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #585 on: February 24, 2018, 04:12:56 PM »

Valles Steakhouse in VA and CT/MA. I miss their restaurants as my folks use to take us there a lot as kids when we visited Washington, DC or passed through New Haven, CT.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #586 on: February 24, 2018, 05:09:05 PM »

Add Gayfers and Mason Blanche to the list as they were two top department stores in Florida. 

Maison Blanche only existed in Florida for 9 years.

Maison Blanche was one of several unique New Orleans department stores that had its only location downtown on Canal Street from 1897 to the 1960s. As malls opened in the suburbs, they opened a few locations in the malls.

In the late 80s the stores were sold to a Baton Rouge based chain and they opened a couple of locations in Florida. They then bought out a Florida chain (Robinsonís?) and branded them as Maison Blanche, giving them 12 stores throughout Florida.

Eventually the oil recession in Louisiana put the hurt on the company, and Dillardís bought them out in the early 90s (along with D.H. Holmes, another local dept store with a similar story) rebranding all of the Holmes locations as Dillardís, and keeping Maison Blanche. The mall locations in the New Orleans area were typically anchored by Maison Blanche, Sears, JC Penney, and DH Holmes (which all became Dillardís), so they had two anchor stores in each mall that were owned by Dillardís. By 1998, they shut down the Maison Blanche locations. I believe they pulled the plug or rebranded the Florida locations when they shut down the New Orleans stores.




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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #587 on: February 24, 2018, 08:50:16 PM »

Saw today that the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's is closing a number of locations of both brands.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #588 on: February 24, 2018, 09:20:10 PM »

In the late 80s the stores were sold to a Baton Rouge based chain and they opened a couple of locations in Florida. They then bought out a Florida chain (Robinsonís?) and branded them as Maison Blanche, giving them 12 stores throughout Florida.

The Baton Rouge chain was Goudchaux's.  Goudchaux's had two locations (that I know of) in Baton Rouge, one downtown, a very long store at that, and one at Cortana (which later became Dillard's - the original Dillard's was sold & became a Foley's).
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #589 on: February 24, 2018, 11:54:38 PM »

Saw today that the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's is closing a number of locations of both brands.
The chains are still doing well overall. More like closing the bottom of the barrel locations while possibly opening in growing markets.
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« Reply #590 on: February 25, 2018, 02:59:02 PM »

In the late 80s the stores were sold to a Baton Rouge based chain and they opened a couple of locations in Florida. They then bought out a Florida chain (Robinsonís?) and branded them as Maison Blanche, giving them 12 stores throughout Florida.

The Baton Rouge chain was Goudchaux's.  Goudchaux's had two locations (that I know of) in Baton Rouge, one downtown, a very long store at that, and one at Cortana (which later became Dillard's - the original Dillard's was sold & became a Foley's).

I remember reading about that.  It created a lot of confusion with a very old New Orleans department store called Godchaux's, which was not related to Goudchaux's of Baton Rouge.

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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #591 on: February 26, 2018, 03:26:56 PM »

Orbachs and Sterns I remember.  Woodbridge Center in NJ had those two along with A & S as the original anchors before the mall doubled in size in 1981.

Sadly all three are belly up, although Sterns became part of Macy's and am surprised that Macy's has two stores so close to each other as Menlo Park Mall is less than three miles away on US 1.  That is why JC Penney closed in Menlo Park Mall when Woodbridge Center expanded and included JC Penney in the expansion as they just moved from one mall to the other to avoid to stores in the same locality.

Woodbridge Center currently has only one original tenant anchor and that being JC Penney.  All the others were renamed or have a new store in it.

Fortunoff, Hahnes, and S. Klein were big in the NYC market that closed.

Is Huffman Koos furniture still in business?  I know the Rahway store was leveled in the late 90's, but I think the one on US 22 in Somerville remained.  Plus the warehouse store in Linden on Lower Road still remained selling damaged furniture for cut prices for a while after as well.

Oh and Levitz is another furniture store and Seamens Furniture where big with the former being even in Tampa at the Lee Roy Selmon's west terminus on US 92.
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« Reply #592 on: March 04, 2018, 09:13:22 PM »

K-mart is going through yet another round of closures. We've spent about $1000 at the store located at 750 W Deuce of Clubs in Show Low, AZ. It's scheduled to close April 8.
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« Reply #593 on: March 23, 2018, 05:43:41 PM »

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wayne-huizenga-dead-builder-blockbuster-video-chain-dies-at-80-1096903

Update the former leader of the company formerly known as Blockbuster has died. Note Blockbuster is currently a Division of Dish Network on demand.

http://www.blockbuster.com/
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #594 on: March 26, 2018, 09:11:35 AM »

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wayne-huizenga-dead-builder-blockbuster-video-chain-dies-at-80-1096903

Update the former leader of the company formerly known as Blockbuster has died. Note Blockbuster is currently a Division of Dish Network on demand.

http://www.blockbuster.com/


I went to college in a town that could only support a Blockbuster, and with their insistence on only stocking multiple copies of mainstream fare, Netflix (which, I'll remind our younger forum members, got its start in renting DVDs by mail) couldn't come soon enough.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #595 on: March 26, 2018, 10:45:33 AM »

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wayne-huizenga-dead-builder-blockbuster-video-chain-dies-at-80-1096903

Update the former leader of the company formerly known as Blockbuster has died. Note Blockbuster is currently a Division of Dish Network on demand.

http://www.blockbuster.com/


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« Reply #596 on: April 02, 2018, 06:27:46 PM »

The Record Shops in TSS in the NY Metro area.  I used to like their commercials with their Jingle "We have your kind of music (then echoed) Music and More, the Record World and Record Shops at TSS" followed by a guitar echo.

Of course they joined Sam Goody, as internet killed the need to buy music.

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« Reply #597 on: April 16, 2018, 11:30:35 PM »

Bertucci's is in trouble, filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, and closing some locations immediately, including the one in my town.  Reports say winding down business may happen.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/bertuccis-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy-pizza-chain-may-close-restaurants/ar-AAvWakP?OCID=ansmsnnews11
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #598 on: April 17, 2018, 04:54:28 PM »

Years ago some business in Pendell, PA along US 1 Business had an airplane out in front.  I do not know if its still there (I looked on Google Satellite and saw nothing) or not, but if its not then its a defunct business.
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« Reply #599 on: April 17, 2018, 05:20:06 PM »

Bertucci's is in trouble, filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, and closing some locations immediately, including the one in my town.  Reports say winding down business may happen.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/bertuccis-files-chapter-11-bankruptcy-pizza-chain-may-close-restaurants/ar-AAvWakP?OCID=ansmsnnews11
The classic "capital firm sees no light at the end of the tunnel so it dumps the brand's assets to a private company".  Kinda like what Bain Capital did to Burger King in the late 90s.  BK doesn't exist as a physical company, more like a heavily controlled set of intellectual properties owned by by people with lots of money.  Bk is now owned by Restaurant Brands, International with also owns Tim Hortons.  The brand itself is not directly owned by the public but the holding company is.
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