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Gap, 100 Columbiana Circle Suite 1230: 24 January 2023   4 comments

Posted at 10:58 pm in closing





The Gap location in Columbiana Centre closed this week, leaving the brand with no locations in the Midlands.

Here is The State on the story, and The Post & Courier weighs in here. In particular, the P&C story mentions the mall shooting, about which I had already forgotten, which took place in the corridor outside the store -- I don't know if that were a factor in the closing as the chain has plenty of problems overall, but it can't have helped.

(Hat tip to commenter Lone Wolf)

Written by ted on January 26th, 2023

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4 Responses to 'Gap, 100 Columbiana Circle Suite 1230: 24 January 2023'

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  1. I think part of the problem is what Gap represents. It's often associated with "preppy" middle-class and upper-middle-class families. The popular high school kids and soccer moms. The "Joneses" in the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses".

    Around the time that I graduated from high school, in 2006, the new trend was NOT shopping at these stores. Teenagers and twenty-somethings wanted to create a "free spirit" image by avoiding Gap, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc.

    This is sort of happening today. More people are happy to buy clothes from thrift stores, Target, and Walmart. They don't care what the Joneses are doing.


    27 Jan 23 at 8:56 am

  2. Years ago David Letterman did a top 10 lest of what was in Hell's shopping mall. The Gap was listed as "they are everywhere." Not anymore.


    27 Jan 23 at 11:14 am

  3. I remember having a Gap outfit when I was in 7th grade...

    I gradated from HS around the same time as Robin and remember having friends & classmates that had shirts from Hollister as well as Abercrombie & Fitch but I never did...frankly I have never been one to follow fashion trends.

    When I've been clothes shopping it has always seemed to me that some of the mall stores (in general) were among higher priced options I encountered.


    5 Feb 23 at 11:11 pm

  4. Yeah, the “cool” popular kids seemed to be wearing Gap, Hollister, etc., while others would rebel by not wearing clothes from those places. At least, that was my observation as a “wall flower” type! But I am a woman who has never closely followed fashion. I don’t understand why someone would choose their own clothes/accessories based on what others say is “in style”. Whatever works for them, though.


    6 Feb 23 at 9:11 am

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