As we begin 2015, I'd like to take a moment to remember some retailers of years past.I considered limiting this post to Atlanta-based retailers, but decided it would be more interesting to include national operators.
Some of my local favorites were Oxford Books, Little Bucks, The Toy Store and Rich's. On the national chain level, stores like Zany Brainy, Lionel Playworld, Natural Wonders, Learningsmith, Incredible Universe, Just For Feet and Filene's Basement were favorites of mine.
Zany Brainy had locations across Atlanta. I remember visiting their stores in Peachtree Corners, Sandy Springs, East Cobb and Kennesaw, among others.
Friends, commenters and contributors have mentioned retailers they miss. Among those often mentioned are Woolco, Zayre, Richway, Service Merchandise, Ellman's, PharMor, Treasure Island, Drug Emporium, Chapter 11* Bookstore, Davison's, Parisian, Media Play, Big B Drugs, Storehouse, dekor, Value City, Kiddie City, Home Depot EXPO Design Center, Colonial and on a personal note, Market One.
Service Merchandise was a popular catalog showrooms retailer carrying fine jewelry, toys, sporting goods, and electronics. The stores were large and are similar in some respects to the Walmarts of today. Service Merchandise had a number of metro locations including sites in Tucker, Alpharetta, Smyrna, Duluth and Cheshire Bridge Road.
I'd love to hear from locals or transplants on what store you most miss or what store you foresee not making it through 2015.
Please share your thoughts below.