Saturday, September 30, 2017

RIP Parkdale Macy's Beaumont Texas

Here is a nice newer former Foleys store that closed in March of 2017. The store was formerly a Montgomery Ward that was extensively remodeled to become a Foleys store which opened in August 2002. The store had a second level that had been closed to the public not long after Macys took the store over. 

The mall entrance to the store. The neighboring Ashley Furniture is also leaving the mall for a different space.

Looking at how nice this store was designed, it is hard to imagine how this store did not perform up to company standards. It did not even last 15 years, in a nearly full mall. The mall is in the main shopping district of town and doing well, why did this store not succeed? 
I had only visited this store maybe 5 times while it was open before and after the second floor was closed off. It was a typical Foley's and Macy's store nothing special about it. 

This is like a creepy version of build a bear workshops, build your own mannequin.

There were a ton of fixtures available at this store. I guess the closed off second floor became a dumping ground for old fixtures. 

It was hard to get a shot of the closed off second floor, so here is the best I could do. 

This was just too funny, a couple of mannequins looking like they are talking about something.

A view of the front cosmetics and jewelry areas at the mall entrance.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

RIP Hastings Conroe Texas

As I post this, I pray for the safety of all of my family, friends, and blog readers during the terrible weather events unfolding all across South, East, and Central Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

Here is the final Hastings I documented during their final days of business in 2016. This was the closest store to where I live, so I spent a good amount of time here over the years. 

There is not much to say about this location that has not already been said. This location was in a former Randall's that moved from a different location in the city.

We will start with photos from the beginning of the sale. 

These two look like they accidentally clicked on two girls one cup for the first time, lol.

Fast forward to about a month into the sale. Junk from other clearance sales was brought into the store including the Blockbuster movie grab boxes.

The last round of new release music that Hastings ever received.
Each Hastings store I visited had several of these during the liquidation sale. I wonder how many of these were sitting around collecting dust in the US.

The Hardback Café was a decent place to sit back and chill. A few locations had drive throughs.

The magazine racks were mostly empty at this point. They later filled these shelves with Prince and Elvis tribute items.

The store did not look too bad in this photo, the Blockbuster box almost looks like it should be there normally. 

Here we fast forward a couple weeks later. Discounts were deeper and as you can see in the first few pictures stuff from other closeouts was brought in to sell.

Steering wheel covers?
Additional sporting goods items which I suspected were from Sports Authority closings.
Sports Authority was in the final month in their going out of business sales when Hastings started their own closing sales.  
Baby and kids clothes?

Tons of socks and boxers on this aisle, same brand as they had at the Sports Authority stores.

A little later on in the sale, we can see the store is getting emptier. 

Near the store entrance, the overhead sign helped you to see what side of the store these items were located. 

Caption this photo, what are they laughing at so hard?

Here is the roadsign on I-45 with Radio Shack, Sears, Hastings all in the same shopping center does not bode well. The Sears is a small appliance store. 

October 16- final two weeks of the sale. Backpacks and random junk that was brought in for the sale were still plentiful. Discounts of 60-90% off at this point.

This whole section of the store had been cleared out, but lots of CD's, books and movies were still left. Some collectables were still left as well.

October 20- Last 9 days of the sale. As you can see from my last pictures, the store was getting cleaned out rapidly except for movies, books, and CD's. The discounts were 70-90% off.

October 29, 2016 the final day in the last hour of business. The deal at the end of the day was fill a large garbage bag of anything left in the store for $20. A bunch of movies and books were still left over, I found a few CD's as well. 

While I was there an argument broke out when a lady started picking through items another customer had stacked up to buy. Once he saw her and said those were his things, she got mad and threw items on the floor and was kicked out by an employee. It all happened so fast I did not record the incident.

RIP Hastings October 29, 2016.