Friday, February 3, 2017

Alexandria Mall 2016 update

Here is a small update from the Alexandria Mall late 2016. The mall gained Conn's Home Plus in the Sears wing. Conn's took up a large portion of previously empty and underused space in that section of the mall. A few small stores and Kirkland's have opened up in the wing near Sears. The rest of the mall is doing well with only a few vacancies mostly in the food court/Burlington area of the mall.

Kirkland's has opened up in a former Piccadilly Cafeteria space at the mall entrance next to Sears.
Here is what the Piccadilly space looked like prior to the conversion to Kirkland's.
Conn's Home Plus has opened up in a large section of the mall near Sears in the former Wellan's anchor spot and additional mall space.
Here is what the entrance to the Conn's looked like prior to the conversion, a former Sam Goody. The playground was moved down the hallway halfway between the Conn's and Sears entrances.
Here is what the hallway to Sears looks like now.
The same hallway prior to Conn's opening. Conn's walled off this entire section of the mall.
Here is the current mall directory.
Here is the Conn's anchor space. 
This is what the anchor space looked like before the remodel.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hastings Bryan Texas


Here we are at the Bryan Texas Hastings in the final two weeks of the going out of business sale. This store was located on the former site of the Manor East Mall which is now a big box shopping center. This Hastings store has a lot of similarities to the Lake Jackson Hastings. 

A typical Hastings Superstore had these departments

Movies for sale and to rent
Music CD's and Records both new and used
Video Games for all major consoles for sale and to rent
Books new and used
Comics
Fan zone with collectibles from the big 3 major sports and all teams
Toys and collectables
Electronics with TV's, CD players, record players, walkmans, tablets 
Phone accessories
Guitars and musical instruments
Gag gifts
T-shirts
Outdoor sports
Science projects
Hobby shop with build it yourself cars and RC cars
Skateboards
Magazines and newspapers
Greeting cards
Board games
Magic and Pokemon games
and more

Hastings had a lot of things in one store and you could easily spend hours browsing in the store. Hastings was in the beginning stages of adjusting the products in the stores to increase profits when the company went into bankruptcy. 
The video department information counter. 
The two information stations for the video and music/games departments.
Looking into the video game/music/collectibles area.
From the video department looking towards the checkout area.
The empty wall where the video rentals were located.
Near the front entrance and checkout area.
Music/collectibles/game department.
A look at the video game cases.
Looking at where the video games and trend areas were located.
The t-shirt wall in the back of the photo in the trends/video game departments.
Music and trends.
A look at some of the remaining videos left at this point in the sale.
Now for a tour of the video game department.
Up close views of the video game cases. 
Hastings had a large video game selection in their prime, but it was not as good in the final years of the company. 
Lots of empty space at this point in the sale. This is in the back of the store by the video game cases.
Another view of the former video game department.
Near the entrance of the store, we see a Blockbuster movie grab display. These were brought out at the beginning of the going out of business sales ad were not normally in Hastings stores.
Still a few aisles of CD's left at this point in the sale.
More music, take a look at the old school signage in the background.
The registers and the entrance of the store.
I think something is wrong with that CRT television. The movies playing on these TV's by the checkout were probably distracting to the cashiers.
An up close of the CRT.
The book department was down to just a few shelves at this point and mostly blocked off.
The view of the front of the store facing the back in the book department. The cafe was located just behind where this photo was taken from.
A look into the closed off section of the store. 
Some of the remaining books left.
The book department information station.
Another view of the book department information station.
A look over the shelves into the closed off section of the book department.
A much better view of the video department.
Lots of miscellaneous items at the front of the store.  
At the entrance of the store looking from the video department to the music/video game department.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Kmart Metairie update 2016


Here is a quick update with more photos of this store.
Some shelving has been removed to open up the electronics department. It still appears well stocked unlike some Kmart stores that have downsized the electronics selection and thrown in random items to fill the empty space. 

Tons of closeout items from the Brinkmann company

No more music CD's but still a good selection of DVD and Bluray discs.

A somewhat hidden online ordering kiosk in the back of the electronics department.
The lease program is being advertised in several areas of the store. 
Kenmore TV advertisement, several Kmart stores put up these signs.
Dollar merchandise display.
Sears appliance and mattress department
Sports gear with new men's clothing signage in the background.

Front of the store clothing departments and registers.
I still have yet to see an active blue light special on my recent visits to Kmart stores.
Bonus photos from the Mandeville La. Kmart electronics/auto department
After another electronics department downsizing, the auto department items were moved in to fill this area. This has got to be the most unusual use of former Kmart electronics space I have seen.

The music CD's were removed from this location as well. The last stores I visited that still had music CD's were the locations being closed last summer.