Graphic: A Look at (Mostly) Extinct Retail Concepts

The graphic below is a funny mall-directory-like map that shows retail concepts that have either gone out of business or are on the brink with descriptions of their situation. We especially like this statement about Spencer Gifts: “Specializing in all things unnecessary, Spencer’s is what Brookstone would be if it was run by a stoned 20-year-old.”

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12 Responses to “Graphic: A Look at (Mostly) Extinct Retail Concepts”


  1. 1 Bobby Loeffler June 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I think the broker who inked these leases is also running my IRA.

  2. 2 John G June 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Many good concepts in their day, showing we all must evolve.

  3. 3 Bobby D June 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Almost my entire wardrobe is Chess King. Is that bad?

  4. 4 Ladislao June 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    OUCH !!! That hurts… Funny though… We’re way overbuilt anyway. This was bound to happen…

  5. 5 Anne D June 24, 2009 at 7:35 am

    There will always be the latest and greatest, with a new concept around the corner. Spencers lasted far too long.

  6. 6 Carol Gilbert June 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    When retailers die, it’s because they earn it! The economy makes consumers more conscious but if people perceive that the relationship between quality and price is “appropriate,” they will, for the most part, continue to buy!

  7. 7 Weilers June 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    When I see tacky (and ridiculously overpriced) retailers going out of business, I ask myself a question now: if I were the type to sign a loan doc without reading it, or think an ARM was a money-saver, would I likely have shopped here…? More and more, the answer is yes.

  8. 8 The80sRule June 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Acid-washed balloon pants are rather dapper! And, hasn’t anyone been reading GQ? Zippers are back. Why in the world did we give up on velcro? I must say, everything old seems new again, so bring back Chess King, or better yet, appeal to a major demographic and introduce a new concept: Chess Queen.

  9. 9 p.c. June 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    can anybody tell me where the sharper image is?

  10. 10 LocationIsland June 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

    No surprise here…with the exception of the Ground Round, each one of these retailers develop predominantly in malls where common area costs are high and your margins are thinner than an Olsen twin.

  11. 11 Norman S. June 29, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Haven’t seen anything on Spencer’s mentioned anywhere but here – would like to check out that info?

  12. 12 LongInTheTooth July 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Gosh!!! You mean these retailers are extinct??? I was just looking in my old 1993 Crittenden phone book to give most of them a call to see if they could occupy my B and C malls. So glad you gave me the heads up – no wonder I couldn’t find them by Googling.

    Ya think my days are numbered as a Leasing Rep?
    LongInTheTooth Leasing Rep.


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