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by javelin
17 Mar 2009 18:19
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Big Lots
Replies: 30
Views: 20387

Re: Big Lots

In So Cal, most are former Pic & Save or Payless drug. One that I know of was a former Sprouse-Reitz.
by javelin
18 Feb 2009 21:37
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Mervyns
Replies: 94
Views: 55476

Re: Mervyns

Too bad they didn't purchase the sites before the closed! Will be interesting to see what sites they take...as so many are vacant. They could simply move "back" in...and keep the exterior signage in place. Oakland Tribune: "Private equity firms Sun Capital Partners Inc. and Cerberus Capital Managem...
by javelin
06 Feb 2009 21:48
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Thrifty Junior Drug Stores
Replies: 17
Views: 13257

Re: Thrifty Junior Drug Stores

There's a small strip mall at 1308 E. Main Street, Barstow, CA that has an odd store with a sign "ice cream parlor" and has a mostly empty interior that looks a lot like an old Thrifty's but it's less than half the size of a regular store. The main anchor, whatever that was, is now a 99 cent store. ...
by javelin
02 Feb 2009 02:53
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Burger King ads
Replies: 1
Views: 2461

Burger King ads

I just remembered this the other day, on a list of the worst commercials in Super Bowl history. Anyone remember "Where's Herb"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2DyzlBEPyA

http://commercial-archive.com/commercia ... 86-030-usa
by javelin
02 Feb 2009 02:51
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Original Jack in the Box sites
Replies: 27
Views: 17112

Re: Original Jack in the Box sites

I thought I'd look at the Wikipedia page on JITB after that weird commercial during the Super Bowl. Apparently in the 80's after getting rid of the "clown", the company changed some of its stores to "Monterey Jack's". I don't remember that here in CA. It didn't work out well and they changed them ba...
by javelin
02 Jan 2009 04:03
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Old JC Penney's ad
Replies: 44
Views: 21603

Re: Old JC Penney's ad

I've often wondered if the JC Penney furniture store in Ontario, CA was an original build or previously another store. It seems too far from the freeway. I had also come across something about a Penney's once located on 7th Street in Victorville, CA. The last time I saw a "main street" store was in ...
by javelin
29 Dec 2008 01:07
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Old JC Penney's ad
Replies: 44
Views: 21603

Re: Old JC Penney's ad

Brian Lutz wrote:The auto center actually has two stories (not sure what the second one is used for though.)
Probably for tire storage. What brought them into hardlines (appliances, electronics, etc) was the acquisition of General Merchandise Co. which became Treasury Stores.
by javelin
25 Dec 2008 15:43
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Old JC Penney's ad
Replies: 44
Views: 21603

Re: Old JC Penney's ad

Well, the name stuck around a lot longer than 1971. I don't even remember seeing the new logo until the mid 80's. Which reminds me of the line "There's a sale at Penney's!" from the movie Airplane! in 1980.

There's also a department store named Penney's (no relation) in Ireland.
by javelin
28 Nov 2008 21:07
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Woolworth's UK in trouble?
Replies: 3
Views: 3019

Re: Woolworth's UK in trouble?

I hadn't seen even one when I was in London about 8 years ago, and my grandmother who lived in England during WW2 thought they had gone under years ago as well. It became part of our family's discussion Thanksgiving of stores that aren't around anymore.
by javelin
27 Nov 2008 18:08
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Woolworth's UK in trouble?
Replies: 3
Views: 3019

Re: Woolworth's UK in trouble?

Yes, it fell into "Administration" today, which is the same as bankruptcy. Woollies will be gone by year's end. They were once as popular as Walmart or Target is here today, but they've been struggling for years, and in Europe, hypermarkets have taken over.
by javelin
13 Nov 2008 03:34
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Buffalo Ranch Restaurant, San Bernardino CA
Replies: 6
Views: 6329

Re: Buffalo Ranch Restaurant

Not to mention the Citibank building all boarded up. I would guess the restaurant was torn down for safety reasons, since it has been vacant for so long and would probably end up getting burned down. The whole area is going downhill and I wouldn't be surprised if Macy's pulls out of the mall next ye...
by javelin
31 Oct 2008 20:29
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Mervyns
Replies: 94
Views: 55476

Re: Mervyns

Jeff wrote:Apparently, the GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE starts tomorrow.

I heard the radio commercials, select locations only. But they've already had the "50-80% off" sales even before they decided to close. BTW, the biggest deductions are on jewelry, since a department store's markup is already high.
by javelin
30 Oct 2008 23:09
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Old Golden Corral buffets
Replies: 6
Views: 7684

Re: Old Golden Corral buffets

I had never heard of Golden Corral until this discussion. Now they're opening a location near me in Hesperia, CA. When did they first come to the state, or to the West at all? I only see 3 locations in California and none in NV on their website.
by javelin
24 Oct 2008 03:01
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Circuit City
Replies: 43
Views: 28737

Re: Circuit City

The Victorville store was converted into Famsa after being vacant for a few years. They sell mostly furniture and small appliances.

Any lists of the 150 stores closing?
by javelin
18 Oct 2008 23:41
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Long John Silver's freestanding stores
Replies: 30
Views: 20107

Long John Silver's freestanding stores

About 6 months ago, the two LJS stores in Victorville, CA were turned into Starbucks, just as the chain was feeling the pain of having too many stores. One remains in Barstow, and a combo LJS/KFC opened several miles away. I hadn't noticed until now that the freestanding stores are disappearing. I a...