Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hastings Lake Jackson Texas

Hastings Lake Jackson Texas 
Opened in 2005 after moving from the Brazos Mall, this Hastings was located next to a Target store. The former Hastings store at the Brazos Mall was replaced by Ross. This store was opened a few years before Hastings changed the look of their stores and still had the retro store design. 
There is a small shopping center in front of the store partially blocking the view from the highway. This is about all of the store you can see from the highway.
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. 

Gotta love the flannel shirt. These signs were already dated when the store opened up in 2005.
Here we are in the movie department. Collectibles and blankets were placed on empty movie shelves probably to clear out the back warehouse of goods for the sale.


This location did not get the 2016 refresh and still had a very large movie department for the size of the store. 

If you needed help, these information stations were the place to go.
You can see the video game department here in the back of the store.
This is near the entrance from the movies to the back of the store.
You can easily find the movie section from the middle of the store with the bright blue walls. This is near the comics and middle of the store.
The music department was at the back center area of the store. 
These photos were taken in the second week of the closing sale, the products were still somewhat organized at this point. 

Looking from the center of the store to the book department.
The edge of the instrument department facing the books.
Hastings had lots of records for sale as well as CD's. The t-shirt wall is in the background.
Another view of the music department with collectable toys on display.
Now onto the Book department

Kind of a faded sign, but you gotta love the old school leather jacket. 
All of the walls are painted green in the book department, except for the kids book department.
Here is the preschool and child toy department. 
The newsstand. 

Looking from the book department all the way across the store to the movies.
An old TV, that used to play whatever movie or TV show they were promoting or the clerks felt like watching. There was a TV in between each register aisle.
A register aisle, with two TV's in view.
An up close view of the older Hastings logo, that was on displays around the store.
A final view of the store facing the book department and cafe.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hastings Alexandria Louisiana Summer 2016

Here was the only Hastings Superstore in Louisiana. Hastings had three store concepts, Hastings, MovieStop, and Tradesmart. MovieStop began liquidating in June shortly before the bankruptcy of the company was announced. Hastings went into bankruptcy protection in June 2016 and was unable to find a buyer to continue operations. In July, Hastings was sold off to liquidators and the final stores closed on October 29, 2016. These photos were taken after the bankruptcy was announced, but before the liquidation.



 This Hastings Superstore had a drive through Hardback Coffee Cafe in addition to the store. Some of the smaller Hastings did not have the coffee cafe, and this was the only location I visited that had a drive through.
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. 

Music with the t-shirt wall in the background
In the music department looking towards the books
The front of the store close to the registers
Video game and comics departments
They had a huge selection of video games at every store
More video games 
The table was set up for events and card games
Video game rentals had been discontinued at this point and all games were being sold for $49.99
Hastings was the largest retailer of comics in the United States. 
One of the help desks scattered throughout the store in the movie department
The fan zone with sports collectibles
Hastings had a decent selection of new and used records
A view of the middle of the store
More of the fan zone with the comics sign in the background
This store had a massive movie collection to rent or buy
When you walked into the store you could use the sign to easily locate where the main departments were in the store. 
These massive signs can be seen from most parts of the store.
From the books department to the music and movies.
Books and more books
Hastings did not have a lot of stores in large cities, most of their stores were in towns with metro populations of between 50 and 200 thousand people. The loss of Hastings will take away not just jobs, but places where people went to mingle.
Not many places still have these movie drop off boxes.
This will not be the only Hastings store to be featured on the blog. Conroe, Lake Jackson, Tyler, Nacogdoches, Bryan, and Waco were all visited during the closing sales.