• 8 years 1 month ago
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    Here's an interesting topic.

    Which stores do you remember going to growing up?

    And now all of these stores are gone:

    Super X Pharmacy Stores

    Thriftway Grocery Stores.

    AGI Grocery Stores.

    Planet Hollywood

    Bom Bay Bicycle Club

    Ponderosa

    The Chili Company

    Network Video

    Movie Mania

    CD World

    Media Play

    Suncoast

    Rax

    Little Ceasars

    What other stores which are now gone do you remember? Like Gas Stations, Comic Book Stores, CD Stores, Video Rentals, Resturants, is it all coming back to you now?
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      • 8 years 1 month ago
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      Good topic!

      Anyone remember Best or Rally's Hamburgers?

      btw, where are you located at?

      In southern California there still are: Suncoast, Little Casear's, and Ponderosa places, odd. :?
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        • 8 years 1 month ago
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        Checker's is the eastern version of Rally's. And Hardee's is the eastern version of Carls JR.
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          • 8 years 1 month ago
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          Thanks for the information, parrothead1983.

          Never ate at Checker's but I remember visiting South Carolina one year and eating at Hardee's and always was on the lookout for one when I got back to California.

          Now I know why I could never find one. :oops:
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            • 8 years 1 month ago
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            IGA

            Steinberg's

            McAlpins (mabey two-three times)

            this is all I can remember >.
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              • 8 years 1 month ago
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              Next time you visit the west, try this out. It's similar to Rally's/Checker's, but you can order "Bucket'O'Fries", which they pour them in a large drink cup.

              Here is the full song.
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                • 8 years 1 month ago
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                Looks tasty, parrothead1983.

                I'll definitely eat there next time I visit.

                I love the cheesy 80's theme song btw, that's a classic! :lol:
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                  • 8 years 1 month ago
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                  There is a Pondersoa in So Cal? I've never been to one in my life. What city is it in?

                  Cartoon Junction

                  the Broadway

                  Best

                  5 and dime stores like Woolworths

                  Montgermary Wards

                  Lucky's

                  Alpha Beta

                  Home Club

                  Home Base
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                    • 8 years 1 month ago
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                    Here's mine...

                    - Rink's Bargani City
                    - Woolworth's
                    - Hill's Department Stores
                    - Sam's Drug Store (local drug store that existed near my house I would go to for my comics grindage)
                    - Musicland
                    - Pizza Inn
                    - K&B Toys
                    - Razz-Ma-Tazz (sort of a Chuck E. Cheese clone)
                    - Cub Foods
                    - Northtowne Square Mall
                    - Friendly's Restaurant
                    - Showcase Cinemas Westgate

                    Too bad these places don't exist anymore in Toledo (or elsewhere for that matter) :(
                    - From The King of Esoteric
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                      • 8 years 1 month ago
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                      I still go into K B toys

                      but i rember peoples drug before it became cvs

                      how about taco joes

                      any one else ever get to go to a grand opening of a toys R us when you were young.

                      i jsut remembered a gas station my dad used to go to i remember it had a green dinosaur on the sing my dad even bought my a big green stuffed dinosaur from one.

                      what arcade chains do people remember going into

                      i remember

                      aladins castle

                      boardwalk blvd.

                      tilt
                      FABOO!

                      HUGBEES!

                      Hush little King; please don't cry
                      We're going to sing you a lullaby
                      A big scary monster man is coming for you
                      He'll gobble you up like chunky beef stew.
                      Mmmwah!
                      Goodnight!
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                        • 8 years 1 month ago
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                        Hey we still have an Aladdins Castle in our mall!

                        Anyway, the only places I remember are the grocery stores that changed:

                        Alpha Beta
                        Lucky's

                        and all the other places are either still around or nobody else would have heard of them cuz they weren't chain stores or anything.
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                          • 8 years 1 month ago
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                          -Otasco, some really cool tool/technology store if I remember right, I remember getting a cool toy chainsaw with a working pullcord there

                          -The Record Bar, before it was turned into Blockbuster sometime around 1990. Back then we'd buy stylus for our record players there. Now I have to special order em' (groan).

                          -Blockbuster Music, They were my #1 hangout in the mid 90's besides guitar stores. Back when Retro-things were in their infancy. Then they renamed it something else for a brief while, now they are an FYE.

                          -The Bookworm, I think it was called, the little book store in our mall that had all kinds of cool books and toys and stuff. No coffee shops, no frills, just a plain white-walled book store. However, I like the smell of a Starbucks infested Barnes and Nobile better.

                          -Loy's Office Supply, some little office store in the valley where mom bought refills for her work pens (yes, there are pens that had refills, Parker T jotters I think they were called).

                          -Raxx's Restaraunt, I've never seen once since 1990, they had good burgers. The building is now some kind of college town type restaraunt that's locally owned.

                          -Food Max, I was always buying magazines there. That was THE food store during the early 1990's. Now they changed the name to Food World, customer service turned to crap, the conditions of the building have gone WAAAY down, and they are always hiring due to a****** management (I iknow because I interviewed with them at 16 and I got into a bit of an arguement during the interview of which was unavoidable).

                          -Mr. J's Steakhouse, I think it was called. It was right across from the school when I was in 3rd grade, we'd go there as a class for ice cream sometimes during school hours on special occasions, though I'm not totally sure what special occasion that was anymore. Then they shut it down, opened up a really cool all-you-can-eat buffet, and I ate there for awhile, now I dunno what they are doing.

                          - Crossroads Music. I started playing guitar in 1994, and we had 2 shops, this one and the Guitar Shoppe who've grown to be like a mom and pop version of Guitar Center (good stock w/ way better staff). Crossroads had 2 locations at first, one near my middle school, the other downtown near the college. Soon they changed hands, pissed a lot of people off with their snobbery, and lost business, where they were sold to a third hand, where it eventually sold out. The expansion they had is now a cigar store, and the store next door, I think it was being turned into a Bike shop or something like that. They got rid of the one near my school about 2 years in.
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                            • 8 years 1 month ago
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                            Stores that are no longer around here in Southern California:

                            Gemco
                            The Treasury
                            Zody's
                            Thrifty's (for ice cream and comic books)
                            Federated Group
                            Woolworth's (with the lunch counter! awesome grilled cheese sandwiches!)
                            FedCo
                            Pic'n'Save
                            Smith's Food King
                            Lucky's
                            Alpha Beta
                            Licorice Pizza (record store)
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                              • 8 years 1 month ago
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                              The stores I visited:

                              - Montgomery Ward (Later called Ward's)

                              - Smitty's

                              - Smith's

                              - Alpha Beta (Called ABCO Desert Market where I live. All have been replaced by Safeways and Bashas stores.)

                              - Drug Emporium (Petsmart, and later a couple of restaurants, have long took its place.)

                              - Rally's (They had the best french fries!)

                              - Golden Coin Chinese restaurant (Which is still around today!)

                              - IGA

                              - Jutenhoops (A cool novelty shop that went out of business last summer. :cry: )

                              - Gentle Strength Cooperative (A natural foods store that we went to when I was young. Still around today in Tempe, next to a railroad crossing.)

                              - Value Village (I think it's still around today)

                              - Thrift Outlet

                              - Woody's gas station in Payson

                              - Imaginarium

                              - Price Club (Before it was called Sam's Club)

                              - Ultimate Electronics (It was so cool when it first opened!)

                              - The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant

                              - Discovery Zone

                              - Leaps and Bounds (Like a cooler version of DZ)

                              - Trader Joe's
                              "I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I'm not." -Kurt Cobain
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                                • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                80sVidKid wrote:
                                Here's mine...

                                - Rink's Bargani City
                                - Woolworth's
                                - Hill's Department Stores
                                - Sam's Drug Store (local drug store that existed near my house I would go to for my comics grindage)
                                - Musicland
                                - Pizza Inn
                                - K&B Toys
                                - Razz-Ma-Tazz (sort of a Chuck E. Cheese clone)
                                - Cub Foods
                                - Northtowne Square Mall
                                - Friendly's Restaurant
                                - Showcase Cinemas Westgate

                                Too bad these places don't exist anymore in Toledo (or elsewhere for that matter) :(


                                Are you kidding me? We still have a KB Toys and you can't pass two exits on the highway without seeing a Friendly's around here.

                                Here's what I can remember (some of these still exist, but not for miles around):

                                FAO Schwartz
                                Woolworth's (I remember they had pets)
                                Palmer's
                                Discovery Zone
                                Jumpin Jimmies (another DZ like place)
                                IGA (found one in Vermont last year)
                                Adam's
                                Caldor's
                                Nature Works (?)
                                Disney Channel Store

                                I'm just thankful I live in a blue state and have never seen a Waffle House. :lol:
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                                  • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                  wow, so many fast food joints and brand shops in the USA :P
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                                    • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                    maxdrive wrote:
                                    I still go into K B toys

                                    but i rember peoples drug before it became cvs

                                    how about taco joes

                                    any one else ever get to go to a grand opening of a toys R us when you were young.

                                    i jsut remembered a gas station my dad used to go to i remember it had a green dinosaur on the sing my dad even bought my a big green stuffed dinosaur from one.

                                    what arcade chains do people remember going into

                                    i remember

                                    aladins castle

                                    boardwalk blvd.

                                    tilt


                                    There's still a tilt at my local mall.
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                                      • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                      They took the tilt out of my mall :(

                                      and yes KB Toys is still around, under a different name, iirc. (Mabey KB Toy Works ? I dunno, it's 2:30AM, and I'm stressed atm..)
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                                        • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                        parrothead1983 wrote:
                                        Checker's is the eastern version of Rally's. And Hardee's is the eastern version of Carls JR.


                                        actually in virginia we have rally's all over the place, at least at the beach anyway, and yes hardees is here too, which is awesome. we also still have suncoast in the malls.

                                        we USED to have po'folks restaurant, which was awesome. chicken and tea out of mason jars. delicious.
                                        we also had hot N now, which was a fast food place with $.39 cheeseburgers, you could eat a whole meal for like 2 bucks.
                                        oh and remember Bradlees department stores? not sure if they were national or just an east coast thing...
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                                          • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                          BRISCOCOUNTYJR wrote:

                                          we USED to have po'folks restaurant, which was awesome. chicken and tea out of mason jars. delicious.

                                          oh and remember Bradlees department stores? not sure if they were national or just an east coast thing...


                                          I'm from Va too, and I remember Po'Folks restaurant especially the bisquits...mmmmm

                                          And Bradlee's I have a very old Bradlee's night gown and mini one for a stuff animal tucked away in some corner of my room.

                                          Places I remember and no longer exist (At least in Northern Va)

                                          -Bradlee's
                                          -Caldor
                                          -Best
                                          -Woodies (Woolworth and Lothrop)
                                          -Church's Chicken
                                          -Roy Rogers
                                          -The Sizzler
                                          -Hot Shoppe
                                          -Crown Books
                                          -Maxie Waxie
                                          -Upton's
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