Defunct stores of yesterday, yesteryear
First opened: 1956
Locations: The Framingham-based company had more than 300 Zayre department stores in the United States when it was purchased by Ames.
Founded by Russian immigrant brothers, Zayre opened its first store discount department store in Hyannis. The company expanded to the South and Midwest before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1988. After the bankruptcy, the Zayre department stores were sold to Ames's parent company, and its other businesses went on as TJX Companies, which at the time included BJ's Wholesale Club. The Zayre stores were closed by 1990. BJ's was later separated from TJX, and both continue to operate today.