Places that still exist, that people thought were gone

Ariona Imel, Staff Writer

Remember back in the day as child your mom would take you to certain stores, and then one day these stores just disappeared, and we didn’t really think about it. Some stores that existed when we were younger still exist today. Here are a few examples of stores that people didn’t know that they still exist. 

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Kmart/Sears

This is like any other retail store, they sell appliances, clothing, electronics and furniture. It is a cheaper choice for shopping, but still offers decent quality products. This year, Sears Holding Corporation closed 400 Kmart stores, because of weak in-store sales. Eventually in December they will be out of business completely. As for Sears, it was once a huge retail that everyone liked. The reason why these two stores will be going out of business, is because of such high demand for online shopping.

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Sanrio

This company is the maker of Hello Kitty, this was huge back in the early 2000s. Since then, her popularity has declined and Sanrio stores have seen less and less buyers. Sanrio isn’t as popular here in the U.S. as it used to be; you used to be able to go to the mall and find at least two Sanrio stores. Now in malls you won’t even find one, they still have an online store which is more popular. Though this store isn’t completely dead yet, I feel that within a couple years it will be gone.

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Blockbuster

This is a big one that everyone thought didn’t exist anymore. This video store had home movies that were high in demand and video game rentals. It became popular in 2004 and had over 4,500 locations in the U.S. Today there are only three Blockbusters left: two in Alaska and one in Oregon. The reason behind why their going out of business is quite obvious: Netflix. Nobody goes to rent movies anymore because you can easily rent them online or go get them at a Redbox. Once the company began to slowly become unpopular they began losing customers. 

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Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Value City 

This was a discount clothing store that had 113 locations all across the U.S. The very first Value City was in Columbus, OH, but it closed back in 2006. Value City wasn’t a huge company, but it was fairly popular, since they sold off price products. Though we don’t see a regular Value City anymore, it does still exist. It is now Value City Furniture. It’s pretty self-explanatory on what they sell now. They offer a lot of decently priced, good quality furniture.