1. Contempo Casuals
Contempo Casuals is best know for being one Cher’s favorite stores in the movie Clueless. The stores first opened in the 1960s and they closed in 2001. Its parent company, Wet Seal, Inc., converted all stores (that were still open) into Wet Seals.
Waldenbooks was founded in 1933, and within 15 years, it had grown to over 250 locations. It merged with Borders in 1994 and slowly began downsizing stores. By 2011, all remaining Waldenbooks stores closed when its parent company, Borders Group, filed for liquidation.
10. K·B Toys
K·B Toys (previously known as Kay Bee Toys) was founded in 1922. At its peak, K·B operated over 1,300 stores in all 50 states. The chain began its going-out-of-business sales in December 2008 and officially closed its doors on Feb. 9, 2009.
11. Sam Goody
Sam Goody was first established in 1951 and saw rapid expansion throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. But by 2006, its parent company, The Musicland Group, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was acquired by its competitor Trans World Entertainment.
Transworld announced its intention to focus on the F.Y.E. brand and converted all remaining Sam Goody stores to F.Y.E. stores.
13. Miller’s Outpost
Miller’s Outpost was founded in 1972 and had rapid growth throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s in the western U.S. After changing its name to Anchor Blue in the late ‘90s, the company began to see poor sales. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2009 and officially closed all its stores on Feb. 17, 2011.
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