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
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
Guitars and musical instruments
Hobby shop with build it yourself cars and RC cars
Magazines and newspapers
Magic and Pokemon games
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.