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Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« on: September 05, 2016, 03:33:50 PM »

I spotted these Youtube clips about defunct restaurant chains and defunct retailers.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 03:57:09 PM »

Target Canada and Future Shop are two noticeable stores gone from Canada. I was going to say Zellers, but apparently there are still 2 left (though it's clearly a shadow of it's former self).

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/04/13/bring-back-zellers-target-canada_n_7056128.html

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Posted: 04/13/2015 2:01 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2015 8:59 am EDT

Target’s last remaining Canadian stores closed on Sunday, marked by a funeral and some premature store closures that allowed the chain to disappoint its Canadian customers one last time.

But as Canadians mull over all the retail chains that have disappeared (bye bye, Future Shop, Sony Store, Mexx and so many more) it may be more heartening to look over what has survived.

And one unexpected survivor is Zellers. Yes, the long-iconic Canadian chain — the majority of whose stores were turned into Targets — lives on even as Target leaves no trace.

Granted, the chain is a shadow of its former self, down to just two locations — one in the Ottawa suburb of Bells Corners, and one in Toronto’s Kipling Queensway Mall. That’s down from some 350 locations at its peak in the 1990s (nearly three times as many as Target ever had in Canada).

And the two remaining Zellers locations are essentially discount outlets for The Bay and Home Outfitters, two other brands owned by Hudson’s Bay Co.

Yet the symbolism of the Canadian chain’s survival has spurred some people to call on HBC to “bring back Zellers,” now that Target’s departure has left a hole in Canada’s retail landscape.

ut despite the Twitter chatter, HBC doesn’t sound enthusiastic about bringing back Zellers.

“There are no plans to open additional Zellers stores,” an HBC spokesperson said in a brief email.

That’s understandable. As a largely “failed” retailer, Zellers has a public image problem that would be hard to overcome among those consumers who aren’t calling for its return.

In fact, when Target was setting up, internal documents show it was doing everything it could not to be associated with the "depressed" Zellers stores that preceded it. (Who would have thought they would end up tarnishing their own brand so much more?)

But with Target gone and a wave of store closures and mergers reducing retail competition in Canada, it’s little wonder some consumers feel they were better off in the Zellers era. It’s the Canadian consumer’s ultimate case of “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

But if the organizer of the Target funeral in Toronto this past weekend is on to anything, Zellers — like Target and Future Shop — just had too much red signage for Canadians.

A blue Zellers, anyone?
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2016, 06:47:58 PM »

K-Mart could be joining the defunct retailers list in the near future
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2016, 08:09:37 PM »

K-Mart could be joining the defunct retailers list in the near future
I've heard rumors of by the end of 2017
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 09:56:16 PM »

* Venture, a chain similar to K-Mart.  There's still a fairly intact version of one of their former stores in Fairmont City, Illinois right close to I-55/I-70:  Streetview

* HQ, a hardware store chain
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2016, 10:56:15 PM »

Howard Johnson's -drops mic-
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2016, 11:19:34 PM »

Anyone mentioned Builders Square?

Git n Go, Bowen's Restaurants
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2016, 11:25:42 PM »

* HQ, a hardware store chain
I remember them, and Hechinger. I had family members who worked at the local Hechinger, which closed when they started having financial issues in the mid 90s.

Some other defunct chains I remember from childhood:
-Ames. The only Ames I ever remember going to was the shingle-roof style, in a strip mall that still to this day has the same style of roof on it even though the Ames closed a good 25 years ago. I don't remember much about it, other than it had a bell like 7-Elevens have when you enter them.
-Phar-Mor. Don't remember much.
-Bradlees. We frequented one that had terrible roof leakage and eventually closed when they left Virginia.
-Thalheimers. A Richmond-based department store chain that was bought by Hechts, which was eventually bought by Macy's.
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2016, 02:23:40 AM »

* HQ, a hardware store chain
I remember them, and Hechinger. I had family members who worked at the local Hechinger, which closed when they started having financial issues in the mid 90s.

Hechinger's was born and raised in  Washington, D.C. and was the dominant hardware chain in Washington and surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia.

But they proved unable to compete with Home Depot and Lowes, even though I think Hechinger's provided better service to customers, and unlike the shoddy service at nearly every Home Depot.  IMO Lowes is better than Home Depot. 

It  also seems that everything Home Depot sells is made in Red China.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2016, 01:20:12 PM »

Chase Pitkin - basically a Wegmans version of Home Depot (literally - it was owned/operated by Wegmans)

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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2016, 07:25:16 AM »

Steak and Ale and Bennigans. 

Its a shame that no one tried to take them over as both used to be good.  Pillsbury, the original owner did a great job with them, but the company they sold them too ran them into the ground.

Quincys Steakhouse, although still alive barely in SC, was in Florida and had a nice buffet.  However there are none left here and anywhere outside of the Palmetto State.

Jack In The Box, although a big chain still existed, could be considered defunct if you live on the east coast as they closed all their stores up and down the I-95 corridor back in the mid or late 70's.  In fact I though they were gone up until I visited California in 88, and was amazed that they still existed as they were gone for well over a decade in my home state of the time.
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Re: Defunct restaurant chains and retailers
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2016, 10:19:47 AM »

Steak and Ale and Bennigans. 

Jack In The Box, although a big chain still existed, could be considered defunct if you live on the east coast as they closed all their stores up and down the I-95 corridor back in the mid or late 70's.  In fact I though they were gone up until I visited California in 88, and was amazed that they still existed as they were gone for well over a decade in my home state of the time.

1. There are a few Bennigans still around, but there were all franchised locations.  It's the corporate locations that are completely gone.

2. Jack In The Box, believe it or not, still exists east of the Mississippi (but not by much).  They're all over St. Louis and Metro East, and exist as far as Litchfield, IL.
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2016, 10:55:33 AM »

I miss Caldor's.  The one in my town became a Walmart.

Service Merchandise and catalog showrooms: Basically Amazon in brick and mortar form.

Mr. Steak and Beefsteak Charlie's: A couple of good regional steakhouses.

KB Toys: The mall toy store was killed by Toys R Us and Walmart.

Lum's, Sambo's, Farm Shop (absorbed by Friendly's), all the stores absorbed by Macy's (G. Fox and Filene's in my parts), King's, JJ Newberry, McCrory, WT Grant's, Sage-Allen, Kenny Rogers Roasters in the US,
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2016, 11:34:21 AM »

Anybody else remember Olson Electronics, which was one of my favorite haunts from junior high through college.  Similar to Radio Shack, except that Olson always offered other name brand parts and electronics in addition to their house brand (Radio Shack didn't start offering other name brand electronics until the early 2000s, and never sold other than house brand parts).
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2016, 11:41:19 AM »

Beefsteak Charlies was good.  I was disappointed that the man who played Beefsteak Charlie was not real.  It was when I was growing up I used to see his commercials and then when the first Charlie left and the second one came in, I was shocked that the first one was an actor saying he was the actual owner. 

Then I grew up, but nonetheless loved eating there and especially loved the unlimited shrimp they served.
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2016, 11:44:57 AM »

2. Jack In The Box, believe it or not, still exists east of the Mississippi (but not by much).  They're all over St. Louis and Metro East, and exist as far as Litchfield, IL.

Back in the early 00's, they expanded into Greater Nashville, Upstate SC, Greater Charlotte, and the Triad.  (Maybe the Triangle also)  Over the past 7-8 years they closed some of their underperforming locations (pulling completely out of the Triad in the process), but they facelifted the remaining ones with their current logo and paint scheme.  Furthest east location now is either Concord or Monroe, NC.
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2016, 12:15:32 PM »


Jack In The Box, although a big chain still existed, could be considered defunct if you live on the east coast as they closed all their stores up and down the I-95 corridor back in the mid or late 70's.  In fact I though they were gone up until I visited California in 88, and was amazed that they still existed as they were gone for well over a decade in my home state of the time.

Jack in the Box was founded—and is still headquartered—in San Diego, and the company has always been a largely West Coast-oriented operation. My dad recalled going to Jack in the Box locations in Delaware and New Jersey as a teenager in the mid ’60s, and he assumed the company had gone out of business.

I read that Jack’s parent, Foodmaker, Inc., had planned a major eastward expansion for the ’70s, but a combination of fuel shortages and declining economic conditions caused the company to abandon those plans. Perhaps the company was trying to blanket I-95 first in an attempt to get visibility for the name, but when the larger overall expansion was cancelled, the pioneer outposts were no longer needed.

2. Jack In The Box, believe it or not, still exists east of the Mississippi (but not by much).  They're all over St. Louis and Metro East, and exist as far as Litchfield, IL.

Back in the early 00's, they expanded into Greater Nashville, Upstate SC, Greater Charlotte, and the Triad.  (Maybe the Triangle also)  Over the past 7-8 years they closed some of their underperforming locations (pulling completely out of the Triad in the process), but they facelifted the remaining ones with their current logo and paint scheme.  Furthest east location now is either Concord or Monroe, NC.


I was about to mention that, and you beat me to it. They’ve also opened locations in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. I was also going to add, though, that I think all of the stores east of metro St. Louis are in entirely new territory for Jack—i.e., not locations that were part of the company’s eastward expansion in the ’60s that have hung around since then.
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2016, 12:25:30 PM »

In the early 70s as a kid, I remember there was a Jack in the Box on Route 28 in Salem NH.  We only ate there once, as my parents decided the A&W just down the street was much better.
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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2016, 12:40:09 PM »



Quincys Steakhouse, although still alive barely in SC, was in Florida and had a nice buffet.  However there are none left here and anywhere outside of the Palmetto State.



In addition to the Florence SC location there is still one in Monroe NC.  But that is all that's left...
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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2016, 03:05:38 PM »

Sambo's

My family ate there a few times in my youth. I can't imagine, in today's politically correct society, that Sambo's would have been allowed to survive.
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« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2016, 03:13:05 PM »

Sambo's

My family ate there a few times in my youth. I can't imagine, in today's politically correct society, that Sambo's would have been allowed to survive.

Sambo was actually the founder's name and that alone should've been alright.  However, they did have references to the racially offensive character of the same name in their restaurants...
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« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2016, 03:14:12 PM »

Howard Johnson's -drops mic-
One more left: https://goo.gl/maps/y2A2ptH5jN72

There are a lot of them left.  Almost 400 as of last year.

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« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2016, 03:38:22 PM »

Howard Johnson's -drops mic-
One more left: https://goo.gl/maps/y2A2ptH5jN72

There are a lot of them left.  Almost 400 as of last year.


I assume it was the restaurant chain that was being referenced. You could claim that there’s one left, but since the ragtag company that franchised the remaining restaurants winked out a decade ago (along with the suppliers of Howard Johnson’s food products), the hanger-on in Lake George is basically an independent diner that hasn’t bothered to take down its sign. (An overpriced, “you can screw ’em once” tourist trap I understand at that.)

As to the hotels—yes, someone (Wyndham) owns the “Howard Johnson” trademark for lodging establishments, and for a bargain price, you, too can get a “Howard Johnson” sign to hang in front of your failed fleabag motel. But there’s absolutely no consistency between the locations, it’s barely connected to any remnants of the Howard Johnson company, and it’s little more than a zombie brand (like Zenith).
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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2016, 03:39:40 PM »

Howard Johnson's -drops mic-
One more left: https://goo.gl/maps/y2A2ptH5jN72

There are a lot of them left.  Almost 400 as of last year.

What?  Maybe the hotels, but there's only one restaurant left, and they were distinctly discussing the restaurants.
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« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2016, 03:49:27 PM »

Ah.  Forgot there used to be a restaurant chain by the same name.

I guess hotels don't really count as retailers, do they?
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