Friday, October 14, 2016

Sports Authority closing sale 2016

Sports Authority Humble Texas

Here are a few photos from a closing sale of the Sports Authority. About 25% of the Sports Authority stores began going out of business sales when they filed for bankruptcy including all of the stores in Texas. A few weeks after these stores began closing sales, the company decided to close the rest of the stores ending the company. 

The Sports Authority came into Houston when Gart Sports merged with Sports Authority and changed the names of the stores. This former Oshman's store was originally across the highway at Deerbrook Mall in a much smaller space. This location opened as an Oshman's Super Sports USA in the mid 90's. The interior of the store looks almost exactly as it did when it opened, minus the Sports Authority signage above the exit doors. This store did not age well and began looking dated about 10 years ago. The Sports Authority was an expensive alternative to Academy and had a hard time competing especially in the past 5 years after the nearby Academy moved into a larger store once again.
This was one strange going out of business sale. They had a few papers at the door for the first week of the sale, but no big signage and pulled a ton of merchandise off of the floor. I guess they sent the best merchandise to the stores that were originally going to stay open. They also shipped in a bunch of sports gear from different cities across the US. While the store was open they had gear from all of the Texas teams, LSU, and whatever team won a championship that year.  

This was the back area of the store with guns, camping supplies, summer games, and football gear.

These signs remained up even after the announcement of the rest of the company closing.

Peeling paint on the air vents, they are like this across the store.
Most, if not all of the players in this photo retired many years ago.
Enjoy the rest of the store

Somebody put some clothes on these mannequins

It is amazing that once a store starts a going out of business sale, parts of the sign stop working.
I am not sure exactly when the sale concluded, but it was about a month after I took the last set of photos.
Here is the same store after the closing sale ended. The sign was taken down a few months of closing.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kmart Bossier City Louisiana closing sale June 2016

Here is another Kmart closing sale in Louisiana. This was the last Kmart store in North Louisiana located in Bossier City. The closing of this store was announced two weeks after multiple Kmart and Sears locations began closing sales including the Pineville store covered here. This store is nearly identical to the Longview Kmart which closed earlier this year as well. I visited this store right after the closing announcement was made so the store was still mostly stocked. The Kmart is right across the street from the Sears at Pierre Bossier Mall. The closing of this Kmart is a surprise because this store was busy every time I went. 

Lots of clothes still left.
Back aisle of the store with sporting goods.
I guess loitering was a problem at this store. I guess this area may have once been the electronics department. 
More sporting goods.

Battery rack
Back corner of the store.

Garden Shop and seasonal departments.
In the Garden Shop

More seasonal items.
Groceries and refreshments.
Options for large purchases.
Electronics department.

More groceries
Phone displays in the electronics department.

Most of the good movies were already gone. They were probably sent to other nearby Kmart stores.

CD selection had been picked through as well.
Some of the electronics shelving had already been removed.
The middle main aisle of the store.
I wonder where this machine is today, the machine was in pristine condition for how old it is.
The pharmacy was already closed, but this advertisement was still up.
No more blue light specials, but the store closing ad was on the blue light spot. 
The front of the store looking towards the garden shop.
Pharmacy area.
A store checkout lane.
Yet another old sign from a different era when people still thought it was okay to smoke in stores. 
The front aisle of the store near health, beauty, and office supplies. 

The closing of this store in the second week of August 2016 left 8 remaining Kmarts in Louisiana. 2 of those stores began closing sales in September 2016. The Kmart stores in Houma and New Iberia will close in December 2016. 

The remaining Louisiana Kmart stores are 
Metairie 2940 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd
New Orleans/Elmwood 1400 S Clearview Pkwy
Mandeville 3555 Highway 190
Gonzales 115 S Airline Hwy
Lake Charles 4070 Ryan St

The final shots of the exterior of the store.