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Re: retail death watch

Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:49 am

Dang. I have a history with Chuck E: back in the day I was a video game wizard - the kind with trophies, not the kind who wears a cape (those tend to prefer pinball). I used to spend a fair amount of time at our localish one, playing cheap video games. One of the large resident rodents took a real shine to me. She (I hope) used to watch me raptly while I played, and would often try to communicate something to me with gestures that I never quite understood. I never saw her(?) in human form, and I don't think she ever spoke an actual word to me, or if she did it was muffled by the rat head. Kind of sad, really. That, and the bankruptcy, of course...
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Re: retail death watch

Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:08 am

Chuck E Cheese Pizza Time Theatre does have some Bay Area roots. It was founded by Nolan Bushnell, who also co-founded Atari: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/ ... ankruptcy/.

Sadly (?), I've never set foot in the location that's now closed. I'd been to their large location elsewhere in the city a few times when I was little. Maybe I should drop by, if they're open during COVID-19 to refresh my memory...

I wonder how many more will close or if it'll eventually be all of them by a year from now?

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Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:50 pm

Sizzler, one of America's first steakhouse chains, files for bankruptcy
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Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:55 pm

Ruby Tuesday files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection: 185 restaurants closed
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/20 ... 907136002/
But CEO Shawn Lederman said in a court filing the company has permanently closed 185 restaurants that had shut their doors during the coronavirus pandemic. That leaves the chain with 236 company-owned and operated locations, as well as an undisclosed number of locations run by 10 franchisee groups.

"We do not anticipate any additional restaurant closures at this time," Ruby Tuesday chief marketing officer Jenifer Boyd Harmon said in an emailed statement. "We remain committed to providing our guests with safe, quality experiences at all our current locations."

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Re: retail death watch

Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:47 am

Not a bankruptcy but something you will know about. Rite Aid bought Bartell Drugs yesterday.
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Re: retail death watch

Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:03 pm

https://www.facebook.com/fryselectronic ... 4417286735 today said
To our valued Campbell Fry's Store Customers,
As of today, our Campbell location is permanently closed.
Fry's will be repurposing this location for a different use in the near future.
We will continue to serve you at our nearby locations San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Fremont. And, for your convenience, we continue to offer same day delivery for online orders placed by 3PM as well.
Thank you for your continued support and business!
The Fry's Team
This is in Silicon Valley. Before COVID-19, they also closed their Palo Alto store.

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Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:58 pm

Store closings 2021: Godiva to close its boutiques by end of March but chocolate will be sold online, other stores
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/sh ... 673121002/
Godiva is closing all of its U.S. locations as in-store visits for its luxury chocolate dip during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company plans to shutter its 128 locations in North America, which includes 11 in Canada, by the end of March. But Godiva chocolates aren't disappearing completely. You can still get them online as well as at grocery and other stores.
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Godiva will still "maintain retail operations across Europe, Middle East and Greater China in formats that reflect the unique cultural preferences of those markets."
Godiva closing 128 stores in North America, including all 11 in Canada
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Re: retail death watch

Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:00 pm

https://twitter.com/bill0004/status/136 ... 24964?s=20 says
Bill Reynolds @bill0004
BREAKING Scoop: Fry’s Electronics is closing business nationwide effective tonight. Source: Wilsonville, OR store employee. http://Frys.com website will go down at 12am #Frys #FrysElectronics
Rumor's been spreading on the net. Their site had given me a 503 error but later was super slow. I wonder if it's going to come true.

Update: My local news is confirming it: https://twitter.com/kron4news/status/13 ... 00768?s=20. Have seen similar stories from other news outlets.

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Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:04 am

Fry's Electronics web site now has a statement saying they ceased regular operations and will implement an orderly wind down process. I am not surprised since both Phoenix stores have been reducing inventory for some time. I now must find some other source for electronic parts for projects.
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Re: retail death watch

Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:20 am

GerryAZ wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:04 am
Fry's Electronics web site now has a statement saying they ceased regular operations and will implement an orderly wind down process. I am not surprised since both Phoenix stores have been reducing inventory for some time. I now must find some other source for electronic parts for projects.
At least for me, the closing of Fry's (we have a couple here in the DFW area) is the "nail in the coffin" for local electronics parts. The last time I needed 1 (green) LED, I bought a whole bag of assorted colors off of Amazon for the price of a couple of individual parts: no wonder the B&M options have gone out of business!
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