Is Your Favorite Local Store Closing?

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    My local Wolf Photo closed a few months back. That's where I got my Olympus E-500 (a great deal at the time as a closeout) over a year ago. I know not everyone on this board may like them, but compared to the other LPS, they were really nice, knowledgeable (they always hired a college photography student) and friendly towards me. The other LPS I would go in there and look at the used stuff, but I wasn't a rich Soccer Dad that plops down $2,000 on a Nikon D90 system (I've seen that a few times while shopping there) so they now just ignore me.

    I have to go all the way out to Calumet just for some decent service.

    Now my local Game Crazy just closed (there was some warning) and then the Hollywood Video with it closed unexpectedly just over a week ago. (They both had great service also).

    Now, the local FYE is closing also (a great place for selling your old stuff and buying used). They're closing a bunch of stores, but the one I frequent is doing great but has to close since the tenant next door wants to expand and are giving the management company a better deal.

    Too bad when all this happens...
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    None of mine have closed recently. Still waiting on Carls Jr. to get around to moving to Dallas.
     
  3. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Well, one consolation is that FYE has started their store closing sale today - well ahead of any "Black Friday" deal. Gonna go over there this afternoon and see what they have - though it may be too late. I imagine all the electronics and game consoles will be going first... I imagine they're starting at 10% off all prices, plus they've started their $9.99 for all music CD's special...
     
  4. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, our local Mac specialist/retailer store is closing. It really sucks, because they were really friendly, and their techs knew their stuff. I liked just going in and chatting with them. I had a bad feeling when the Apple store opened here a little over a year ago that it would cause problems, and it did. The independent store didn't have the pretty, shiny, store in a prime shopping center like the Apple store. It's really a shame that Apple doesn't give the independents more of a break.
     
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    I live in Orange County. There are no local stores here. Just a Bed Bath and Beyond on every corner, and soul sucking suburbanites pushing strollers.
     
  6. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't really classify any of the stores he mentioned above as local stores, they're the local component of national chains with good staff as he mentioned.
     
  7. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    My favorite bookstore closed last year. It was similar to Borders but it wasn't a chain and was locally owned and operated. They often had live music.
     
  8. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I know the feeling. People around here view things like a BBB as a good thing, since all the "big cities" have one. I have co-workers who were excited about a new Outback opening. Then again, what can I expect from a state where the biggest metro area has around 300k people. Then again, not all chains are bad. We did just get a Five Guys burgers, and it rocks. :)
     
  9. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Five Guys is awesome. The first one in St. Louis opened up 5 minutes away from my house, right in front of a Target store. So I can go buy stuff I need at Target and head over to Five Guys.

    I just drove past another location in the area that opened up recently, I guess they're making their way out west. Now, if Tim Hortons would continue expanding west, preferably opening up right next to the Five Guys by my house, I would be in unhealthy, delicious chain fast food heaven.
     
  10. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    No kidding. My biggest gripe is that Five Guys is a long drive from my house, so I have to drive out of my way to get to it. It is worth it, though. It is closer to my office, but it's difficult to get in and out during lunch hour. I just wish In N Out would expand eastward. Then again, that may be a bad thing. I've never actually had anything from Tim Hortons.

    Darn it, now I'm craving Five Guys. Guess I know where I'm going for dinner.
     
  11. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Actually, Five Guys just opened here last year - great place....

    I was at the FYE and the discounts have started.

    20% off DVD's and CD's (New and Used, except for the $9.99 Audio CD Sale)
    10% off Blu-Ray and Video Game stuff (consoles, accessories, new/used games).
    20% - 40% off everything else (accessories, etc.)...

    The game consoles sold out first thing this morning. I got a used DVD...

    I assume the next set of discounts come next Sunday. I'm unsure if this store is going to have the chain's Black Friday specials (they're working to get rid of stock).

    The last week of December (after Christmas), stuff will be 40% off, but probably hardly anything left by then. The close their doors about the 1st week in Jan. :(

    Just want to help out anyone bye a closing FYE (a whole bunch across the country are closing).
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I was kind of wondering about this... I mean, no one calls it a "local store" closure when Chilli's (I pray for the day) or CVS closes a location. :p

    When Electric Cheetah or Cherry Deli or Schuler Books closes here, I'd consider those local store closings... or even when Hyde Park lost its Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop (the owner runs other restaurants, among which are one or two others with the same name and menu, but it's not a franchise).
     
  13. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    ^^^^ For me, "Local" means a store in my immediate neighborhood, rather than a store I have to drive 10+ miles out of my way or from where I live to get to....
     
  14. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    There are no stores in my immediate neighborhood. For me 'local' means in or near the city.

    Anyway, I thought this thread was going to be mostly about locally owned stores. Not chain stores. I can't think of any major chain stores that closed this year. Well, except Circuit City of course. Restaurants come and go all the time.

    Will the day come when there will be no brick and mortar stores at all?
     
  15. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Local can be truly "local" or "national" in scope at times...

    The thing to remember unless we support any store in our local area; whether it be a mom&pop shop or a national chain - the community looses in the end.

    All well and good to go off to Amazon or some other website to buy - even after visiting your "local" shop. Sure you save on sales taxes. Remember that when college tuition goes up over 30% as it is California from what I heard. Or that the parks you once went to shut down or start charging fees. Or the roads that drive on on pothole filled or clogged with traffic. Or that there are fewer police officers protecting you, your property, and the roadways.

    We all have areas that we would like to see budgets cut in to save taxes on; but in as a society we have to look at the bigger picture. There will always be things that we don't support regardless of being Red/Blue, Democrat/Republican, or Right/Left.... both both sides do get their own benefits from tax policies... just to find that right balance.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    I really don't have a favorite store. I look for the best deal, either online or via brick and mortar.
     
  17. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    ^^^ Tell me about it - looks like Amazon matched a lot of stores' Black Friday deals so it was easier to just go online rather than wait in the long lines this weekend...

    But, it's still nice to go to the stores and look - if you're into that kind of thing (I am).

    I learned from FYE on Friday that their discounts will stand until after Christmas, when it then increases slightly, and any left overs in early Jan. will just be shipped to their other stores to replenish stock rather than get discounted further.
     
  18. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    I used to love Suncoast Video. They merged with FYE then most of those stores closed near me.

    All if the Ritz Camera stores near me have closed.

    Those "As Seen on TV" stores seem to be opening everywhere. I with they'd close. The sell junk.
     
  19. yg17 macrumors G5

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    A particular item I bought as a gift this last Black Friday was more than $100 cheaper on Amazon than it was in Best Buy, etc. Why the hell should I buy from a B&M store? If they want business, they need to keep their prices competitive.
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This came in my e-mail today from Grand Rapids's LocalFirst, our local buying initiative, and made me think of this thread... although this is clearly not about the OP's definition of local, I thought it interesting. I did add emphasis on the two interesting take homes....

     

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