ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Central Florida locations caught in the Payless closing net

Updated on April 5, 2017
A Payless Store.
A Payless Store. | Source

Let's catch up on some of the retail news happening across Central Florida.

Payless is Closing Some CenFlo Stores...

I thought Payless was invincible. I was wrong.

The news hit us like a bombshell. Payless Shoesource, America's premier shoe store chain, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be closing 400 "underperforming stores" as a means to restructure the company.

The closings came quickly as by 10 am on Apr. 5, the struggling chain had already released the stores that they will be closing (at least we can give them a round of applause for getting the list out early).

Central Florida didn't remain unscathed, and the following stores will be losing their beloved Payless store, a few that has been around for years.

  • Winter Park will lose its Payless at 7414 University Blvd in the University Square Shopping Center.
  • Orlando will lose three Payless stores, in the Silver Hills Shopping Center in Pine Hills, Lake Fredrica in Southeast Orlando, and Sand Lake Corners near the Florida Mall.
  • And, finally, Ocoee will see the Payless inside West Oaks Mall close for good.

While those Payless stores will be closing, lovers of the chain can still be thankful that Central Florida will still have over 50 Payless stores for shopaholics to shop from.

Say Hello to Your New Sam's Club...

The Lake Nona area of Southeast Orlando has been booming with new retail, and now, Walmart is getting in on the action.

Already opening their new "Store of the Future" on growing Narcoosee Road, the world's largest retail chain has opened a new "State of the Art" Sam's Club just next door to their high-tech Walmart at 11920 Naracoosee Road.

The new Sam's Club is not your grandpa's Sam's. No, this new store, the 11th to open in Central Florida, has such bells and whistles as an app that will allow shoppers to pay as they shop, a drive-thru for pickup, a concierge service for members who places an online order, personal shopping assistants, sushi bar, and more.

As we said, this isn't your grandpa's Sam's Club.

Going Shootin' in Ocoee...

We love our guns here in Central Florida, which is quite evident by the sheer number of gun ranges that are scattered throughout the region.

Orlando Gun Club, a popular retail store and range near, of all places, The Holy Land Experience on Vineland Road in Orlando, has decided that the West Orange County town of Ocoee will be the perfect spot to lay the groundwork for a second store and range in the Orlando area.

According to Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel, the second location for the Orlando Gun Club will be located at 11814 W. Colonial Drive just west of State Road 429 and will be much larger than the original Southwest Orlando facility.

That means more space to go "pop-pop-pop," and that will be music to the ears of West Orange gun fans.

Tips and Tibbits...

  • Starbucks will open a new location at The Grove Orlando at the corner of Conroy-Windermere and Apopka-Vineland Roads. According to the Orange Observer, the new Starbucks will be 2,506 square feet and will have a drive-thru.
  • Ace Cafe Orlando will (finally) open this Spring near the corner of Garland Avenue and West Livingston Street across the street from the LYNX Central Station bus terminal in Downtown Orlando according to RideApart.
  • WWE legend Hulk Hogan has opened his new store, Hogan's Beach Shop, at 7679 International Drive near Sand Lake Road. The store is located in a once-vacant 7-11 store and is the second store for the brand. The original is in Clearwater Beach.

Watch this space every Wednesday for the comings and goings of Central Florida's retail scene, made with a little bit of spice and sass from award-winning writer Kareem Gantt.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)