Defunct stores/brands that you miss

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    Defunct stores/brands that you miss - President' Choice

    For the poster who mentioned the disappearance of this brand - just to let him know that it still exists - in Canada.  President's Choice has been the "store brand" of the Canadian Loblaw's chain for years.  I put that in quotes because the brand is far more expansive and upscale than any store brand here.  Visit any Canadian city, and you're likely to find a Loblaw's or their Supercentre store, with all the PC products your heart desires, and then some.
     
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    Tony and Ann's pizza in Chelmsford.
     
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    Thank you all for bringing up names I haven't thought about for years ! Cerratani's, Woolworth, Jordan Marsh ( used to go to the one in Malden Square, with separate book store and record store ), Gilchrist, Filene's Basement in Boston, Yok'ums, Russos Candy ( my mom's favorite, remember my Dad getting her chocolates there every Valentines's Day ) Service Merchandise, Lechmere Sales. The good old days ! :)
     
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    Ha, Blinstrub's - saw Wayne Newton there with my mom, aunt and cousin.... good times LOL.
     
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    [QUOTE]Buzzy's
    Posted by truth6[/QUOTE]

    Oh, yeah, Buzzy's Roast Beef.  Actually I miss seeing the stand - but not so much the food. I hate how neat and over-produced chain stores look. No character.  I also miss the fries and deep fried pies at McDonald's. Someone should start a store that makes what the chains are too afraid of the lawyers over - they'd make a fortune.

    You can still get something like the Woolworth's experience at Balich in Arlington Heights.  Great store where you can get just about anything.  And as an added bonus, there's a Brigham's at the end of the same block.
     
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    Steve's Ice Cream -- the very last one, in Quincy Market, changed its name to Sprinkles a few years ago

    Bailey's Ice Cream

    Brigham's (a scattered few remain, such as in Arlington Heights)

    WordsWorth Books in Harvard Square

    Lechmere

     
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    My wife and I miss Ames & Bradlee's.
    Sad to say, the Ames property at Redstone in Stoneham is still EMPTY.
    Nothing of the Ames or Bradlee's type of business has ventured into this area.
     
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    Monkey Ward killed Lechmee and then bankrupted themselves.  Couldn't have happened to a worse bunch of idiots (The MW people, not the Lechmere people).
     
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    I remember as a little kid the following stores that are no longer around.  Stuarts and Riches.  They were located in Central Mass, Fitchburg!
     
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    OMG - what a trip down memory lane.  Zayre, Caldor, Bradlees, Child World, Lechmere, Jordan Marsh and Filenes - that just about wraps up my childhood with the notable absence of Angelo's supermarket. 

    My mother is also convinced Child World went out of business because all four of her children grew up!  I still have the neon dragon I picked out for my first Christmas 40 years ago!!

    *sigh* - I guess I'm a grown up now...
     
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    Mike's Doughnuts in Everett...Best Doughnuts ever with no equal...Dunkin's should be called donutz with a "Z" just like imitation cheeze
     
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    I have fond memories of most of these stores. Sad they are gone. Mad that Macy's is the reason 2 have disappeared (Jordan Marsh and Filene's).
     
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    Coffee Connection.   But most of all, WOOLWORTH'S!  Where else could you get shoelaces, needles and thread, a grilled-chese sandwich, and a turtle and parakeet?
     
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    I've seen a lot of stealing in stores - mostly by employees.  Starting at the loading dock up to the register.  I can see why they go out of business. 
     
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    Did they get Zayre's?  How about "Herman's Sports"
     
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    I miss Filene's. It was my favorite store to shop for clothing. They always had something for everyone. I will occasionally go into Macy's, just to check things out. But, I always end up leaving empty-handed. I just don't like their stuff...
     
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     Lechmere was a good store. If they were still in business, I'd shop there before Best Buy any day of the week.

     Remember the Zayre sign off 128 in Woburn?

     Z - A - Y - R - E    ZAYRE   ZAYRE

     I can still smell the popcorn at their snack bar.

     Child World on Cambridge St in Winchester still brings back memories as a kid growing up in the 60's and 70's.....

     Caldor?  good riddance....
     
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     > Hilltop Steakhouse:
     
      It's not defunct but it is compared to what they were in the 80's. Just not the same...

      /> Wei Lu's Chinese Restaurant :

        Some of the best Sezhuan/Mandarin food around. They started out in a small building off Route 1 on the Saugus/Revere line and was well worth a 1 hour wait on a Friday night. Waiting in a totally packed bar was OK - their great Mai Tai's made the hour wait part of a great experience. As I recall, Rick over-expanded and over-indulged when he built The Palace on the hill behind the original and it went downhill afterwards....what a shame.
     

     
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    ELSIE'S near Harvard Square! The BEST roast beef sandwiches with their signature sauce and a Bermuda onion! Great munchie food ;)
     
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    Clothes Inn - brought my first pair of tight rolled acid washed jeans there
    Service Merchandise
    Strawberry's - first tapes brought to listen to in my yellow Sony sports walkman
    Robelle's 
     
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    Defunct stores/brands that you miss— How about Learningsmith?

    The General Store for a Curious Mind, founded in Cambridge.
    Books, toys, games, lots to jump start your noodle.
     
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    Defunct stores/brands that you miss— I miss the MFA catalog!!

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had the most extraordinary selection of gifts for all ages developed from art objects in the collection.  Unrivaled.  From scarves to decorative arts, to toys.  Current shops are much less special.
     
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    Definitely Lechmere.  They had a great variety of products, an easygoing return policy and were pretty interested in customer service.  I can never figure out what the difference is between a Lechmere and a Target.  When companies, like Montgomery Ward, who bought them, get too big, they just lose their competitive ability.  It's a shame because so many people lose their jobs and the execs get a nice fat golden parachute but that seems to be the way of world.
     
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