Bon-Ton is going out of business with sales beginning as early as today. There is one store in our area, in Camillus, and 200 total stores nationwide going under after the company filed for Bankruptcy.
The Bon Ton is a big one for a lot of people, though I have to be honest... it's not in my top 5 stores that have gone out of business over the years.
I get nostalgic thinking about these places more than any other. Here's my top 5:
#1: Media Play
THE store for music. Back in the day where we used things called CDs LOL. But it was more than that. It was always exciting to go in and look through the CD's, T-shirts, and electronics. There was something magical about Media Play. So much so that every sop often you'll see an old store front still up and get excited, thinking maybe this is the ONE Media Play that didn't shut down... but it's not.
Ah the original Macy's LOL. That's what it feels like though, doesn't it? Kaufmann's was where my mom went to buy nice stuff. Literally Macy's replaced them and are, ironically, struggling to stay in business. I miss Kaufmann's purely on nostalgia.
#3 KB Toys
As Toys R Us goes under (but hopefully might be saved) I instantly think of KB toys. They actually aren't completely out of business, but only have a handful of locations. It was the perfect toy store though. It wasn't huge, but had all the current stuff. Plus it was super convenient when your parents dragged you to the mall for clothes shopping! There are rumblings KB might make a comeback with Toy R Us' demise, and I hope its true.
#4 Steve & Barry's
Need cheap clothes? Steve & Barry's was the place to get them! And it was all kind of cool. Too bad this never worked out.
Oh Ames... before walmart there was you. Were you good? No. Were you convenient? Yeah. ANd you were cheap. It was a lot of towns' first big box store and served a purpose... until WalMart and Target did it better.
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