Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hastings Tyler Texas

Here is another short post from the Hastings in Tyler, Texas. This store closed a little bit earlier than the remaining Hastings stores which closed on Oct 29, 2016. As you can see, this store had not been updated in a very long time if ever. Sadly the neon on the front of the store was no longer working at night. 
The store closed about 2 weeks after these photos were taken. The store was very busy so I was not able to get a lot of good photos. Employees were walking around the store which also made it hard to get photos.
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. 

These signs inside of many Hastings stores were dated, they were very faded. The use of trendy looking young adults did not help either. 
Looking towards the front of the store in the video section. Check out the old school video sign. 
The middle of the store as seen from the back to the front.
More of the middle of the store.
T-shirt wall was still intact. Note the fallen ceiling tile and water stains. 
Random poster in an empty section of the book department. 
Another old school department sign.
Here you can see the book section. Note the markings on the wall where the designs were taken off. 
A view of the middle of the store facing the book department.
Blockbuster movie grab boxes, a fixture of the Hastings closing sales. 
The front area of the store. Notice the quirky light fixtures above the registers.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Hastings Waco Texas

Here we are at the Hastings closing sale in Waco, Texas. This was the only store I visited that had the 2016 store upgrades. The company began rolling out these upgrades just before they went bankrupt. I believe the exterior signs were part of the upgrade as well, but I am not sure.
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 books were not always this messy. 
The vintage signage in the store was still in place. Most of the interior improvements were product placement related. Movies and music were moved to the back of the store and the collectibles were given a more prominent place towards the front of the store.  
Near the back of the store looking towards the music and movie departments.
Looking towards the entrance door from the back of the store.
Music department facing the front of the store.
In the collectible/comic area looking towards the front of the store.
Movies were moved to the back of the store next to the CD's.
A larger t-shirt and trends department than the normal Hastings store carried.
The central information station near the comics and collectibles.
One of the interesting programs that Hastings had. This was the only store where I saw this subscription service advertised.
A view of the book side of the store near the magazine racks.
Not pictured the video game section at the front of the store near the checkouts. Photo came out way too blurry to post here.

There are still more Hastings stores to come, stay tuned.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Northwest Mall update Interior Mall closed March 31, 2017

This was the scene earlier today outside of the Northwest Mall in Houston Texas. This mall has been covered several times over the years on the blog. We are very sad to see this mall go and hope the store owners and employees are able to rebound quickly from the abrupt closing of the mall. The tenants were reportedly only given a months notice about the closing. There are 5 tenants including Palais Royal and the Antique store in the former JCPenney that will remain open, but the interior of the mall is now closed.

Click the title to read more about the closing and check out the vintage mall photo slideshow in the article. 

Here are a few teaser photos from the final day of the mall operations. I visited the mall both of the final 2 days of operations. Nearly every store or restaurant was in the process of packing up, but a couple of businesses looked like they were sticking it out to the end and had not visibly packed up items to leave.
The fountain was still running.
By the time I arrived on the last day the remaining food court outlets had closed and were removing items or cleaning. 
A massive post about the nearly 50 year old mall is in the works so stay tuned.




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Will return soon with new posts

New posts are in the works.

Be patient as lots of new photos and articles are being compiled. These are some of the new posts being compiled. There are also some older articles being worked on as well. With all of the store closings so far in 2016 and 2017, I have tried to document as many stores as possible and provide updates to some malls as well.

Goodbye Kmart Lufkin
University Mall update March 2017
 Goodbye Macys Greenspoint and Greenspoint Mall update March 2017
 The final days of Northwest Mall March 2017
 Goodbye Sears Oakwood Center Mall
 Goodbye Kmart Elmwood
Circuit City then and now update with hhgregg closing




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.