Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Bluelight News Flash) The Closings Continue

Rather than release a major list of store closings like Sears did back in January for their 150 store closings, the company has once again decided to go the way announcing one-offs. In other words, areas affected by store closures will usually see a local news source with the announcement. Enough one-offs have piled up to make this list of store closures for both Sears and Kmart:

Kmart:

Pell City, AL

San Ysidro, CA
Hialeah, FL
Kahului, HI (Maui)

Carroll, IA
Livonia, MI
Staten Island, NY
Dayton, OH (Beavercreek)
Bensalem, PA
Feasterville, PA
East Stroudsburg, PA
Meadville, PA
Mill Hall, PA

Spanaway, WA

Sears:

Carson, CA
Miami, FL (Biscayne Blvd)
Monroe, NC
North Charleston, SC

Also announced this week, Rue 21 has decided close 400 stores. Here's a compiled list of them:


ALABAMA
Alabaster
Athens
Bessemer
Birmingham (Tutwiler Farms)
Cullman
Fultondale
Huntsville
Irondale
Madison
Montgomery (Eastchase Plaza)
Montgomery (Eastdale Mall)
Prattville
Saraland
Scottsboro

ARIZONA
Anthem
Casa Grande
Chandler
Flagstaff
Lake Havasu
Mesa (Mesa Riverview)
Nogales
Payson
Peoria
Queen Creek
San Luis
Sierra Vista
Tucson (Tucson Spectrum)
Tucson (Tucson Mall)
Tucson (Foothills Mall)

ARKANSAS
Bryant
El Dorado
Harrison
Mountain Home
Rogers
Springdale

CALIFORNIA
Alpine
Auburn
Capitola
Carlsbad
Citrus Heights
Clovis
El Centro
Folsom
Hanford
Lakewood
Manteca
Modesto
Montclair
Pismo Beach
Pittsburg
San Bernardino
Tracy
Ukiah
Vacaville
West Covina
Westminister
Yuba City

COLORADO
Durango
Littleton
Parker

CONNECTICUT
Manchester
Meriden
Trumball
Waterbury
Westbrook

FLORIDA
Altamonte Springs
Doral
Ellenton
Fort Myers (Gulf Coast Town Center)
Jacksonville (Oakleaf Town Center)
Kissimmee (Kissimmee West)
Mary Esther
Naples
Orange City
Pace
Panama City Beach
Pensacola
Pinellas Park
Port Orange
Sanford
Sarasota
St. Augustine

GEORGIA
Acworth
Alpharetta
Cartersville
Columbus
Cordele
Dublin
Evans
Flowery Branch
Milledgeville
Peachtree City (The Overlook)
Rincon
Savannah (Savannah Mall)
Savannah (Victory Square)

IDAHO
Moscow
Rexburg

ILLINOIS
Aurora (Aurora Commons)
Bloomingdale
Boilingbrook
Centralia
Champaign
Effingham
Forsyth
Jacksonville
Lombard
Mount Vernon
Oswego
Pekin
Springfield
Tuscola
Vernon Hills

INDIANA
Bloomington
Brownsburg
Columbus
Corydon
Fort Wanye (Orchard Crossing)
Marion
South Bend
Valparaiso

IOWA
Ankeny
Cedar Falls
Mason City
Williamsburg
KANSAS
Emporia
Salina
Wichita (Towne West Square)

KENTUCKY
Alexandria
Campbellsville
Danville
Frankfort
Georgetown
Glasgow
Louisville (Middletown Commons)
Louisville (Mall St. Matthews)
Paintsville

LOUISIANA
Abbeville
Bastrop
Baton Rouge (Siegen Lane Marketplace)
Bogalusa
Covington
Harvey
Kenner
Laplace
Luling
Marrero
Morgan City
Natchitoches
Pineville
Shreveport (Mall At St. Vincent)
Shreveport (Regal Court Shopping Center)
Thibodaux

MAINE
Bangor
Kittery

MARYLAND:
Baltimore (Mondawmin Mall)
Baltimore (Security Square Mall)
Bowie
Frederick
Gaithersburg
Hagerstown (Hagerstown Premium Outlets)
Silver Spring
Waldorf
Wheaton

MASSACHUSETTS
Danvers
Hanover
Pittsfield
Saugus
Worcester
Wrentham

MICHIGAN
Benton Harbor
Brighton
Cadillac
Canton
Chesterfield
Grand Rapids (Tanger Outlet Grand Rapids)
Grand Rapids (Centerpointe Mall)
Holland
Kalamazoo
Lansing
Midland
Monroe
Okemos
Rochester Hills
West Branch
Westland

MINNESOTA
Alexandria
Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie
Elk River
Mankato
Medford

MISSISSIPPI
Batesville
Brookhaven
Columbia
Corinth
Flowood
Greenville
Greenwood
Hattiesburg
McComb
Meridian
Oxford
Philadelphia
Robinsonville
Vicksburg

MISSOURI
Bolivar
Creve Coeur
Fenton
Hanibal
Kansas City (Shops At Boardwalk)
Maplewood
Osage Beach
Washington

MONTANA
Bozeman
Butte
Havre

NEBRASKA
Gretna
Lincoln (Wilderness Hills)
North Platte

NEVADA
Las Vagas (Mall at Grand Canyon)
Las Vagas (Las Vegas Premium Outlets South)
Las Vagas (Centennial Center)

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Epping
Seabrook

NEW JERSEY
Livingston
Mays Landing
Tinton Falls
Toms River

NEW MEXICO
Las Vegas
Rio Rancho
Silver City

NEW YORK
Clay
Cortland
Hamburg
Hicksville
Horseheads
Massena
Niagara Falls
Olean
Orchard Park
Plattsburgh
Sarasota Springs
White Plains

NORTH CAROLINA
Albemarle
Asheville
Burlington
Cary
Charlotte (Rivergate Shopping Center)
Elizabeth City
Havelock
Hendersonville
Holly Springs
Morehead City
New Bern
Reidsville
Wilkesboro
Wilson
Zebulon

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck (Hay Creek Shops)
Bismarck (Kirkwood Mall)
Grand Forks
West Fargo

OHIO
Athens
Bellefontaine
Bowling Green
Cambridge
Cincinnati (U-Square at the Loop)
Cincinnati (Waterstone Center)
Circleville
Greenville
Hamilton
Holland
Jackson
Jeffersonville
Lewis Center
Macedonia
Marion
Massilion
Mentor
Rossford

OKLAHOMA
Altus
Bartlesville
Catoosa
Chickasha
Duncan
Enid
Miami
Moore
Norman
Oklahoma City (Crossroads Mall)
Oklahoma City (Rockwell Plaza)
Weatherford
Yukon

OREGON
Albany
Beaverton
Bend
Corvallis
Island City
North Bend
Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
Cranberry Township
Exton
Hanover
Hermitage
Indiania
Langhorne
Pottstown
Pottsville
Quakertown
State College
Tarentum
Washington

RHODE ISLAND
Newport

SOUTH CAROLINA
Bluffton
Charleston

SOUTH DAKOTA
Aberdeen
Mitchell
Pierre
Sioux Falls (Retail At Dawley Farm)
Watertown

TENNESSEE
Alcoa
Cleveland
Crossville
Dyersburg
Elizabethton
Fayetteville
Greeneville
Kingsport
Knoxville (North Fork Station Shopping Center)
Lawrenceburg
Memphis (Memphis Commons)
Milan
Mt. Juilet

TEXAS
Alice
Bay City
Beaumont
Beeville
Big Spring
Brownsville
Brownwood
Cleburne
Corpus Cristi (Five Points)
Cypress
Dallas (Medallion Center)
Del Rio
Denton
El Paso (Sunland Park Mall)
Floresville
Frisco
Granbury
Harker Heights
Harlingen
Hillsboro
Kingsville
League City
Liberty
Marshall
Mercedes
Palestine
Palmhurst
Pearland (The Center Pearland Parkway)
Plainview
Plano
Pleasanton
Rockwall
Rosenberg
San Angelo
San Antonio (Rigsby Road Shopping Center)
Selma
Tyler
Uvalde
Weatherford
Wylie

UTAH
American Fork
Centerville
Clinton
Midvale
Price
Richfield
South Jordan

VIRGINIA
Christiansburg
Galax
King George
Mechanicsville
Norton
South Boston
Springfield
Suffolk
Virginia Beach
Waynesboro
Woodbridge

WASHINGTON
Bellingham
Everett
Renton
Richland
Vancouver (Hazel Dell Marketplace)
Vancouver (Vancouver Mall)

WEST VIRGINIA
Martinsburg
Summersville
Triadelphia
Whitehall

WISCONSIN
Germantown
Lake Geneva
Marinette
Milwaukee (Midtown Center)
Pleasan Prairie
Plover
Waukesha
West Bend

WYOMING
Sheridan

Friday, April 14, 2017

'Target'ing A Smaller Store

I recently found out that Target had opened one of their first flex stores in the Twin Tiers coverage area to serve the downtown State College area. Because of this discovery, I made this a stop on a recent journey to check this location out. I thought I'd share my opinions and of course, pictures!


Always interesting to see that the building curves. We'll see how that affects the inside later.

Still manages to get a Starbucks! (Even though another Starbucks exists within a mile)


A mini electronics department with a few greeting cards and party items along the wall to the left



Sports/Toys





Curved store







Not much apperal, but a fitting room is still here!

Overall this was a nice little store. I can see why Target is pursuing this route rather then opening larger stores.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kmart #9166

Now being the closest store to Binghamton, this Kmart is kind of an interesting one. By that I mean that it was originally a Grants store, but it appears to have been updated to look more like an older Kmart store. I know this was indeed a Grants is simply because of the old 'family dining' area.



'Family Dining' Labelscar.  When Kmart took over old Grants locations, they continued to operate the sit-down restaurants. Eventually all sit-down restaurants were closed except for Belle Vernon, PA.
The labelscar would no longer present on a future visit.

Time for an interior tour:























Music & Video Scar








Rating: 8 out of 10.
The store is clean and well stocked. While I personally didn't see a lot of customers on my two separate visits, it must do well. 

In Danger of Closing?: Hard to tell. It seems to be holding its own.