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Colonial Plaza in the 1960s – Orlando

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Jan 8, 2022 Shopping 0 Comments

Colonial Plaza is a shopping mall in Orlando, Florida, United States. Opened in 1956, it was the largest retail development in the state of Florida at the time of its construction. The original complex included two supermarkets and two variety stores, plus a Belk department store. It underwent multiple expansions in its history, the first of which added a Jordan Marsh department store and an enclosed mall concourse. Further expansion in 1973 added a second enclosed wing and a relocation of Belk, while Ivey’s was added in Read More...

Albertsons Grocery Stores – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Jan 5, 2022 Shopping 0 Comments

Publix Supermarkets Inc. has entered into an agreement with Idaho based Albertsons to buy the only three Safeway stores in Florida. Financial terms of the agreement were undisclosed. SAFEWAY IN FLORIDA The three locations will continue operating under the Safeway banner until early September and are expected to have grand opening dates with the Publix banners within the fourth quarter of this year. Safeway pharmacies will close before the main store closings; however, Publix posters Read More...

Burdines – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 18, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Burdines (English: /bɜːrˈdaɪnz/} bur-DYNZ) was an American chain of department stores operating in the state of Florida, headquartered in Miami. The original store opened in Bartow, Florida in 1896[1] as a carriage-trade shop. Over its nearly 110-year history, Burdines grew into a popular chain of department stores, known as ‘The Florida Store,’ decorated with palm trees in the center of the store, painted in pink and blue, and other subtropical colors and motifs. In 1956, Read More...

Allied Discount Tires – Metro Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Sam Behr, who became widely recognized in the Central Florida television market from Allied Discount Tires commercials, died Saturday at his home in New Smyrna Beach. He was known as the “tires ain’t pretty” guy. Sam Behr, who became widely recognized in the Central Florida television market from Allied Discount Tires commercials, died Saturday at his home in New Smyrna Beach. He was 86. Behr, born in 1927 in Talladega, Ala., starred in commercials for Read More...

Eckerd Drugs – Metro Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Eckerd Corporation was an American drug store chain that was headquartered in Largo, Florida,[1] and toward the end of its life, in Warwick, Rhode Island.[2] The chain had approximately 2,800 stores in 23 states as far west as Arizona. In November 1996, Eckerd drugs was purchased by J.C. Penney. In 2004, it was the fourth largest drug chain in the U.S. In April 2004, the company (then a subsidiary of JCPenney) was broken up in Read More...

Hollywood Video – Metro Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Hollywood Entertainment Corp. (Nasdaq: HLYW),[1] more commonly known as Hollywood Video, was a home video and video game rental shop company started in 1988. The chain was the largest direct competitor to Blockbuster Video until it was purchased by Movie Gallery in 2005.[2] Hollywood Video ceased operations in May 2010, when Movie Gallery, its parent company, declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.[3] Its last US store closed on July 31, 2010, whereas the last official one in Read More...

Service Merchandise – Metro Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Service Merchandise was a retailer chain of catalog showrooms carrying fine jewelry, toys, sporting goods, and electronics that existed for 68 years (from 1934 to 2002). History Service Merchandise’s history can be traced back to 1934, to a small five-and-dime store founded by Harry and Mary Zimmerman in the town of Pulaski, Tennessee. After leaving the wholesale business, they would open Service Merchandise, Inc., the first of what evolved into a chain of catalog showrooms Read More...

Montgomery Ward – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

When the Montgomery Ward on West Colonial Drive opened in 1961, it was a wondrous new addition to a small city’s retail mix. Time battered the store, and on Friday the home office decided to end its agony. Montgomery Ward & Co. will pull out of metropolitan Orlando in December. The West Colonial store, its first in Central Florida, will close along with one on South Orange Blossom Trail and another in Altamonte Springs. The Read More...

Camelot Music – Metro Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Camelot Music was a mall-based retailer of prerecorded music and accessories and was one of the largest music retailers in the United States based on store count.[citation needed] As of May 31, 1998, the company operated 455 stores in 37 states nationwide under two brand names: Camelot Music and the Wall. Camelot Music was founded in 1956 in Massillon, Ohio, by Paul David and his brother Robert David. It operated 305 stores with a significant Read More...

Original Jacobson’s Department Store – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

After Jacobson’s department stores went under two years ago, Tammy Giaimo decided she liked the clothes and the shopping experience so much, she bought the company. Giaimo, a 38-year-old software entrepreneur from Longwood, isn’t creating an exact clone of the Michigan-based retail chain, which folded after 134 years in business. But she’s borrowing extensively from the old Jacobson’s DNA, particularly its Longwood store, where she shopped for 30 to 45 minutes nearly every week for Read More...

Gooding’s Supermarket – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Even as Florida’s economy slowly begins to reopen, the damning impact of coronavirus shutdowns on local businesses is beginning to show. Few places is this more obvious than in the iconic tourist strip mall Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista. Sitting just off of WDW property, the strip plaza was built in 1988 as part of a Disney-led expansion of the area that also saw the development of the College Program housing complex Vista Way. The Read More...

Seminole Plaza – Casselberry – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

The city’s gateway has been awaiting a rebirth of businesses with the proposed construction of a new shopping center at the former Seminole Plaza site. But next month, the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and State Road 436 will suffer another death. Service Merchandise will close its Casselberry store in mid-May. The Nashville company decided not to renew its lease for the 125,000-square-foot building. It moved into the plaza in 1985. Service Merchandise is one of the final Read More...