Retail Closings List

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    Dec 06, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    New item provided by my employer L.L.Bean to alert shoppers. I assume it's fairly accurate:

    Closing lists for many US retail stores slated to go out after the holiday seasons. Obviously if your considering gift cards this season be wary of any store listed. Spread this on to friends and family.

    Just thought community here might appreciate a heads up if your gift card shopping this season icon_smile.gif

    Circuit City: (unknown) majority of stores closing

    Ann Taylor: 117 stores closing

    Lane Bryant / Fashion Bug / Catherine's: 150 stores closing

    Eddie Bauer: 27 stores to close and more after January

    Cache: Closing all stores

    Talbot's: Closing all stores

    J. Jill: Closing all stores

    GAP: Closing 85 stores

    Limited: Closing ? stores

    Abercrombie/ A&F / Hollister: Closing 85 stores

    Footlocker: Closing 140 stores

    Wickles Furniture: Going out of business
    Levitz: Going out of business

    Bombay Co: Going out of business

    Zales: Closing 82 stores and more after January

    Whitehall: Bankrupt: Going out of business

    Disney Store: Closing 98 stores and more after January

    Home Depot: Closing 15 stores and more after January

    Macy's: Closing 9 stores and more after January

    Linen's and Things: Going out of business

    Movie Gallery: Going out of business

    Pacific Sunware (Pac Sun): Going out of business

    Pep Boys: Closing 33 stores

    Sprint/Nextel: Closing 133 stores

    JC Penny: Closing ? stores after January

    Sears: Closing ? stores after January

    Ethan Allen: Closing 12 stores

    Wilson Leather: Going out of business

    Sharper Image: Going out of business

    K B Toys: Closing 356 stores

    Lowes: Closing ? stores

    Dillard's: Closing ? stores



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    Dec 06, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Sad for peoples jobs..but I try to visualize how much waste and energy that will not be created or used by having fewer stores (packaging materials, transport, manufacturing, cooling, heating, etc). Many of these were a mistake to begin with, some areas had 2 Home Depots only a few miles apart. Just less shit in the air and in landfills. Fewer trips to Linens and Things to use your 20% off coupon for something you dont need anyway - sheets in a different color of beige to compliment your fall mood and decor.
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    The number of Gap stores closing is incorrect...stores are actually being remodeled or reopened elsewhere.

    As far as Gap gift cards go, any gift cards purchased at any Gap store will be redeemable at any Gap store.

    Hope this helps.
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    Going out of business sales. Hellz yeah!
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    You work for LL Bean? That sounds almost as cool as working for the Old Farmers' Almanac.
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    There is some truth mixed in this list with a lot of inaccuracies. Basically the list came from an e-mail hoax

    Here's an article that goes over most of the stores and the truth about the claims: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/troubleshooter&id=6524236
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    Quit buying gift cards to specific stores and get GIFT MASTERCARDS, VISAs or AMEX instead. Then you can shop where ever you like or online if you need.
    You can buy them at almost any bank or credit union and many larger grocery or department stores.

    This site has a look up tool to help you find a location.....take advantage of the sales anyway you want...enjoy!icon_lol.gif

    https://www.allaccessgift.com/gift/index.m
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    Working retail...I actually HATE mastercard/visa gift cards. They are a pain in the ass to use...and an even bigger pain in the ass when someone tries to make a return when having paid with one.
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    Dec 06, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    madtown saidThere is some truth mixed in this list with a lot of inaccuracies. Basically the list came from an e-mail hoax

    Here's an article that goes over most of the stores and the truth about the claims: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/troubleshooter&id=6524236


    I was suspicious of some of these as well. Yet it made it to our intranet as a new item. Some of them are for certain. The Talbots, J. Jill, Eddie, Bombay, Whitehall are all or have already closed at our mall. And the Avon GAP and our GAP kids/body stores are closing.
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    WickedFast saidWorking retail...I actually HATE mastercard/visa gift cards. They are a pain in the ass to use...and an even bigger pain in the ass when someone tries to make a return when having paid with one.


    Sorry man, but it is about convenience for the CUSTOMER, not the staff.....
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:13 AM GMT
    Not necessarily, the card is run as a credit card purchase, therefore if the item is returned...it gets refunded to that gift 'credit' card. 9 times out of 10 the customer no longer has the card and needs a new one to be mailed to the from the bank, which as I've been told can take a few weeks.
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    Gift cards can be good, but ...

    Just don't hang onto them long. If you wait too long, they start deducting value on many cards - and you could always lose it, too. (Or, yes, lose the right to use it: by law, when the store goes into bankruptcy, gift card holders are just another creditor, and I believe they can't actually honor that card ...) Amex begins to charge a service fee after 12 months.

    On the other hand, I'm told by my friend who had 3 Macy's cards from her birthday that if you use each a little, they will then let you combine the remainders on a new card, with a new start date.

    what all this tells me is that it's going to be tough getting a job in retail for a good while. And continuing rise in unemployment numbers.
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    Dec 06, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    That's odd two of the Bombay Co. stores near me have remodeled.


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    Dec 06, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    Is the LL Bean heiress really homophobic?
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    Dec 06, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    msw1 saidSad for peoples jobs..but I try to visualize how much waste and energy that will not be created or used by having fewer stores (packaging materials, transport, manufacturing, cooling, heating, etc). Many of these were a mistake to begin with, some areas had 2 Home Depots only a few miles apart. Just less shit in the air and in landfills. Fewer trips to Linens and Things to use your 20% off coupon for something you dont need anyway - sheets in a different color of beige to compliment your fall mood and decor.


    Right On! I wouldn't be too bothered seeing GM close and the people employed there found ways to work in solar, clean energy production. The advance that would make would be a thousand times more productive for society. No one needs anything so badly as to poison areas of the world and allow their people to die of it.

    The slums of cities world wide would be cleared of gas, poison, diseases and more if government stopped allowing trade to be done with dictatorial governments. If our greed didn't consume us, there would be plenty of natural resources for everyone.

    Stop buying junk from impovershed people, instead buy things of better design and quality and pay a person fairly for that thing. The forests of the world would not be stripped down so quickly once junk peddlers like Wal-Mart and Sears and Linens'n'Things stopped operation. The things most people are truly looking for don't include money.
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    Dec 06, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    If you're going to give someone a gift certificate, why not let them choose the store? And if you're going to give them a pre-paid credit card, why not just give them cash? And if you're giving them cash and they're giving you cash... what's the poinnt?

    I hate gifts. I don't need anything, thank you. Make me dinner if you really want, or cookies. Sure, if you happen to see that really cool thing that I'll actually like (and not the 7th sweatshirt I'll never wear), you know, that item that screams me when you see it... then sure. But it doesn't have to be this time of year, nor on my birthday. That's all just so, um, commercial. You're not buying me something because I need or want it or it's me but because you're "supposed to". If that's what you have to do to show that you care about me....

    What I don't get is why Hallmark has put a bounty on my head and no one invites me to their holiday parties.
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    Dec 06, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    this sucks. pac sun awe they had some good clothes.

    and whitehall? icon_surprised.gif( i got a sliver and leather bracelet with 2 diamons in it for my birthday from that place at vista ridge mall ill always have a bit of that place with me haha
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    Dec 06, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    Trance24 said
    I was suspicious of some of these as well. Yet it made it to our intranet as a new item. Some of them are for certain. The Talbots, J. Jill, Eddie, Bombay, Whitehall are all or have already closed at our mall. And the Avon GAP and our GAP kids/body stores are closing.


    Talbots and J. Jill are not certain, actually they are the opposite of certain. I'm not saying that the one in your mall isn't closing but not every Talbots and J. Jill is closing.

    Here's an article specifically about Talbots and its subsidiary J. Jill being the target of an internet hoax:

    http://www.patriotledger.com/business/x1666130625/Talbots-victim-of-email-hoax


    And here is the Snopes (the urban legend debunker) page on this internet hoax:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/storeclosings.asp

    Whoever created this hoax included enough real information to make it seem real. Otherwise its full of lies and half-truths.
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    Dec 06, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    I am not at all surprised at the number of retail stores closing. With more people shopping on-line in the privacy of their home or apartment it is harder for stores and malls to attract shoppers. Don't be surprised to see Wal Mart and Target experiencing the same problems in the future. It is sad to see people lose their jobs but that seems to be the way this economy is heading unfortunately.
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    Dec 06, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    Yeah, I wasted a couple of hours driving to town earlier this week. I went to two places that usually keep a pretty good stock, but all they could tell me was, "We can order that in for you." Shit, I could have stayed home and ordered it myself, and saved the trouble.