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Gymboree, Richland Mall: Summer 2017   6 comments

Posted at 12:33 am in closing

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Well, there has been speculation for a while, what with Gymboree's Chapter 11 filing, but the other shoe dropped today:

SAN FRANCISCO – Children's clothing seller Gymboree Corp. is closing 350 stores as its works to restructure in bankruptcy.

The San Francisco-based company said Tuesday that it's mostly closing Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores. It also operates Janie and Jack stores. The company will have more than 900 locations after the stores are shut down.

The full closing list is here, and includes, unsurprisingly, this Richland Mall store, as well as the one at Sandhill. The closing sales are supposed to start on 18 July.

I took these pictures back in early June and even then, the whole store was 50% off -- I don't think this is a big surprise to them.

I have to admit I had never heard of Janie and Jack or Crazy 8.

Jiffy Lube, 5425 Forest Drive: April 2017   1 comment

Posted at 12:03 am in closing

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I think I have actually had service at this Jiffy Lube twice over the years, and I did stop there last summer when I needed the AC recharged in one of my cars and they were having an AC special but in the event they couldn't help me as the car was too old.

As commenter Matt mentions, the lot is definitely tight, and I too had trouble turning around and getting out that last time.

Somewhat, if not tremendously, interesting is that this building and the adjacent Kangaroo Express seem to share the same street address without any "suite" differentation.

(Hat tip to commenter Matt)

Written by ted on May 5th, 2017

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Wine And Design, Richland Mall: March 2017 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 9:29 pm in closing

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Today's closing comes from commenter Mr. BO, who says:

A strange eclectic shop right across where I enter the office in the Richland Fashion mall. Wine & Design apparently was a place where you can tip a few glasses and do some painting. (odd combo). Some of my fellow workers noted that there were times when the paint would be tracked outside of the door. (Guess things got messy there) I was suspicious about a month ago when I mall maintenance taking out a sink.

Now I see this in pic # 2.

At least it's a move and not a closing.

I admit I was entirely unaware of this place though I have walked the whole Mall at least once or twice in the last year.

What wine goes best with abstract expressionism?

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. BO, obviously)

Written by ted on April 10th, 2017

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JackSon's Southern Kitchen, Richland Mall: 28 November 2016 (moved)   14 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in closing

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Since S & S moved out of this Richland Mall slot, nothing has stuck, with both Sadie's and now Jackson's moving on.

In this case we have a move instead of a closing, and JackSon's should now be open at 1213 Sunset Boulevard, which is, of course, the former location of Ms. B's Southern Kitchen and The Southern Skillet.

Man, this wing of the Mall is creepy empty now!

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I think they want you to go left.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. BO)

UPDATE 23 January 2017 -- I got by the new location on Sunset last weekend. Apparently they are still not quite open:

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Written by ted on December 8th, 2016

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A Tough Nut To Crack, 5210 Trenholm Road: 29 September 2016   no comments

Posted at 12:08 am in closing

BI-LO, 4711 Forest Drive #1: October 2016   10 comments

Posted at 12:26 am in closing

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As above, this BI-LO opened on 15 November 2013, giving them about a three year run after taking over from The Pig.

I don't understand the rationale for closing this particular store, as it seems to have some pretty big plus factors to me. The groceries in this area are Kroger on Forest at Beltline, Trader Joe's at 4516 Forest, Fresh Market and Publix at Trenholm Plaza, and arguably Wal-Mart at Forest & I-77. Of those, Fresh Market and Trader Joe's are upscale specialty stores that are a different market than a general grocery, Publix is cramped and has bad parking, Kroger has bad parking and so-so location, and Wal-Mart .. is Wal-Mart. Against that, this spot has good parking, a large layout, and lots of built-in customers as soon as the re-purposing of Cardinal Newman is complete.

On the other hand, BI-LO is not in the most robost shape, and has presumably thought about all these issues.

At any rate, the sell-off was almost complete when I went in on Saturday 24 September. Remaining were only two endcaps of odd frozen goods, and one shelf of deeply discounted (and not particularly popular) items near the registers. The rest of the store was already a hollow shell.

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Written by ted on September 28th, 2016

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The Seafood Academy, 3400 Forest Drive #1014: 6 September 2016 (moving)   26 comments

Posted at 12:02 am in closing

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The Seafood Academy was the follow-on operation to the much lamented (by me, anyway) TGI Friday's in Richland Mall.

Since I'm not a fan of seafood, I never partook of this new incarnation, which, according to their sign, is now relocating to East Point Plaza at 7535 Garners Ferry.

Getting inside the mall for some of these pictures was kind of sad. More than half the doors to the interior were marked as out-of-order-use-next-door. If they can't afford to fix the doors already, losing a front facing store is just adding insult to injury.

(Hat tip to commenter Bobby)

Written by ted on September 26th, 2016

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Trenholm Plaza More Construction   9 comments

Posted at 12:08 am in commentary

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There is something going in the corner of Trenholm Plaza by Chico's. One of the waitresses at Rosso thought it might be a small garden courtyard, but nobody really seemed to know. That might be nice, but losing several more prime parking spaces in the often full lot will hurt.

UPDATE 19 August 2016 -- More pix:

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Should also mention that Michael's has moved over as you can see above and that the old Hooligan's space has been gutted and is also under construction:

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Written by ted on August 17th, 2016

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Forest Island Bar & Grill, 2500 Forest Drive: Spring 2016   no comments

Posted at 11:15 pm in closing

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I noted last August that this restaurant and bar had replaced Fish & More Seafood Market. The place had a fairly extensive Caribbean menu but it seems that it too has now fallen by the wayside.

Written by ted on June 20th, 2016

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Nutrition Warehouse, 4714 Forest Drive: January 2016   1 comment

Posted at 12:34 am in closing

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Not too long after noting the move of the Boozer location, I had occasion to mail something and dropped by the forest drive location of Nutrition Warehouse. Unfortunately, I found it closed and vacant. This is a shame, since while I never perused the vitamins and supplements the store offered, the contract Post Office was more convenient than the Trenholm Plaza USPS and generally had much faster service.

Written by ted on February 11th, 2016

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