The Best Mall Stores from the 2000s That No Longer Exist

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Difficult as it may be to accept, some of the stores that were staples of your childhood and teenage years haven't survived the test of time. Some of the best mall stores in the 2000s are now a distant memory. Retail stores, clothing stores, video stores – they may have been popular a decade ago or barely clinging to life, but they all met the same fate in the end.

Sadly, we're all to blame. When was the last time you shopped at 2000s clothing stores like Limited Too or Anchor Blue? Or bought a gift for your dad at The Sharper Image? It turns out, it's been quite a while, since all of those are stores went out of business in the new Millennium.

Pull out your Sam Good CDs and put on your best Mervyn's outfit, these are the best of the best mall stores that no longer existent.


  • 1
    2,628 votes

    KB Toys

    KB Toys was to Toys “R” Us what Hollywood Video was to Blockbuster. They were essentially a lesser alternative, but still had 1,300 stores across all 50 states. 

    It all went downhill in 2007 when they closed 156 stores, then filed for a second bankruptcy in 2008. What was left of the KB Toys brand was sold to Toys “R” Us in 2009.

  • 2
    2,481 votes


    Borders was arguably the best bookstore, yet it somehow failed while Barnes & Noble managed to keep going strong. Despite surviving until 2011, Borders struggled so much that they hadn’t made a profit since 2006, and revenue dropped by $1 billion over the next four years. 

    They filed for bankruptcy in February 2011 and began closing stores throughout the year.

  • 3
    1,975 votes

    Circuit City

    The Best Buy alternative just couldn’t keep up, and perhaps it was getting rid of their large appliances that did them in. Despite being second in the United States in appliance retail, Circuit City executives believed they’d save money by dropping warehouse storage and delivery costs. 

    In November 2008, the company filed for bankruptcy, and Circuit City was gone by 2009.

  • 4
    1,886 votes

    Sam Goody

    If you listened to music in the 2000s, surely you remember perusing the glory that was Sam Goody. Their main attractions were CDs and DVDs, which, let’s face it, is a pretty difficult market to thrive in when you’ve got illegal downloads and streaming services providing the same music for much cheaper. 

    They filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and closed most of their stores, with the last store closing in 2012.

  • 5
    1,742 votes

    Discovery Zone

    Technically, Discovery Zone went bye-bye in 1999, but since it was right before the 2000s and they had such an impact on many mall experiences, they’re worth mentioning. The playhouse featured mazes, ball pits, arcade games, and various other forms of entertainment for energetic kids, but they filed for bankruptcy in 1996. 

    In 1999, a bunch of their locations were purchased and turned into Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.

  • 6
    1,516 votes

    The Sharper Image

    The Sharper Image carried all types of high-tech gizmos, and provided goods for all of your run-of-the-mill electronic needs. Beyond cameras and lamps, they sold stuff like small rotisserie chicken ovens and hair straightening brushes. They were great for finding small gifts – like Hallmark, but for electronics. 

    Unfortunately, in 2008 they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and today they only exist in the form of Sharper Image-branded products sold in places like OfficeMax, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond.