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 crazy 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.
KB Toys was to Toys “R” Us what Hollywood Video was to Blockbuster. They were essentially a lesser alternative, but still had 1300 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.
Borders was arguably the best bookstore around, yet somehow it failed while Barnes & Noble managed to keep going strong. Despite surviving until 2011, Borders struggled so much that they hadn’t made profit since 2006, and revenue dropped by $1 billion over the next four years. They filled for bankruptcy in February of 2011, and began closing stores throughout the year.
If you listened to music and existed 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.
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 play house 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.