What they sold: Mallternative apparel for dudes and ladies.
Who wore it: Korn fans, Collective Soul fans, Smashing Pumpkin fans. Girls who wore JNCOs.
What happened to it: Forever 21 purchased the chain in 2005 and turned its remaining shops into F21s.
What they sold: Stuff in small sizes, including negative, sizes like -2 (how that works, who knows?)
Who wore it: Short and petite women who could squeeze into the mini-proportioned clothes.
What happened to it: Technically there is still one or two 5•7•9s around (there is apparently one at the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, New York), but they are practically extinct.
6. Limited Too
What they sold: Clothes for baby Limited shoppers-in-training.
Who wore it: Cool tweens who’d begged their moms to spend an inordinate amount of money on trendy tween clothes.
What happened to it: Limited Too couldn’t compete against more affordable lines. In 2008, around 600 Limited Toos were converted into lower-priced Justice retail shops.
7. Chess King
What they sold: Gear for cool dudes. Striped button downs, chinos, and trench coats.
Who shopped there: The aforementioned cool dudes, hip construction workers, fake sexy Santa Clauses, and, apparently, Julian Lennon.
What happened to it: The chain went out of business in 1995.
What they sold: Everything. Mervyn’s was a catch-all department store.
Who shopped there: Your mom. And you, when your mom dragged you there with her.
What happened to it: The company went bankrupt in 2008, and Kohl’s and Forever 21 jointly bid on and took over the company’s remaining 46 stores.
9. Wild Pair
What they sold: Shoes, specifically of the WILD variety. Crazy high heels, rocker chick stilettos, and intensely sexy party girl shoes.
Who shopped there: Your tough older sister. Newly single moms. Suburban ladies out for a night on the town.
What happened to it: It still exists (YAY!) but only in New Zealand (BOO).
11. County Seat
What they sold: Knits, so many knits. And mostly in bright faux Aztec patterns. Also, shorts that teachers would wear during summer break. What? Teachers need off-duty clothes.
Who shopped there: Teachers, preternaturally mature tweens, Southwest fetishists.
What happened to it: The chain filed for bankruptcy in 1999.
What they sold: Bro clothes for the modern ’90s guy. The guy counterpart to the lady brand Express.
Who shopped there: Cool guys. Cool dads. Guys with GTOs.
What happened to it: Express sold Structure to Sears in 2003. You can still find a shadow version of its former self in some Sears stores.
13. Miller’s Outpost
What they sold: The latest fashions. Lots of denim. Graphic tees.
Who shopped there: Frat guys and their dads. Those guys’ girlfriends.
What happened to it: In the late ’90s they changed their name to Anchor Blue, but that couldn’t save it from bankruptcy. The company filed for Chapter 11 in 2009. You can still buy Anchor Blues fragrance’s online, though.
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