ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Shuttered Doors

Updated on March 4, 2013

In a world filled with WalMarts and Home Depots, let's exlpore times when America had more than one place to shop.

Zayre

Founded in Massachusetts in 1956 by Stanley H. and Sumner A. Felberg, Zayre opened as a clothing, linen and other soft lines store. The name comes from a Jewish phrase “Zehr gut” meaning “very good.” (How they wound up spelling it “Zayre” is a good question.) As the store moved into the 60s, it continued to grow in store numbers and added other lines of goods including toys, sporting goods, records, books, and so on. Everything was going just fine, including the acquisition of the store “Hit or Miss” and introducing a chain called BJ’s Wholesale Club, until the mid-80s hit. With cluttered aisles, sloppy stores, lousy technology and poor pricing, by 1988 the chain had an operating loss of $69 million. It was sold to the Ames Department Stores, Inc. and by 1990, all Zayre stores were either closed or converted to Ames stores (which are also things of the past.)

Rickel Home Centers

The Rickel brothers, Al, Mort and Bob, opened their first store in 1953 in Union, New Jersey. They had acquired a warehouse full of plumbing parts and opened it to the public to sell the supplies at retail prices in addition to offering advice on fixing toilets, sinks, drains and other plumbing fixtures. It grew to include other home needs like heating and electrical supplies, hardware, tools and paints, leading to the slogan “Rickel Helps You Do It Better.” In 1969, with the chain growing in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, it was sold to the supermarket chain Supermarkets General Corp. As it grew, however, by 1990, its debt amounted to over $1.6 billion. On top of that, a home improvement chain based in Atlanta, Ga called “Home Depot” began opening stores in the New York/New Jersey area. The mounting debt and the increased competition sealed the chain’s fate, closing the last Rickel store in 1998.

Clover

Another demised department store, the first Clover store opened in 1971 in Cherry Hill, NJ. Basing the style on Target stores, selling clothes, linens, shoes, stationary and more, Strawbridge & Clothier named the store after their store sale days called Clover Days. A few early stores included a grocery store, but these were later phased out. In 1978, Clover stores became the center of Clover Squares, mini-malls that included regional stores and a food court. May Department Stores, parent company of Macy’s, bought the Strawbridge & Clothier’s company and three Clover sites. Kimco Realty Corp bought the remaining Clover stores. As usually happens on buy-outs, jobs are lost and businesses close. The last Clover shut its doors in 1996.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JeremyBentham profile image
      Author

      JeremyBentham 5 years ago from Missouri

      Small world. I worked at one in PA from 86 to 93. Got out just as it was starting to go downhill.

    • FatFreddysCat profile image

      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      My first job was in the lumber yard at a Rickel store in New Jersey, back in the mid '80s. I was sixteen years old and got a lot of splinters. Haha.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com 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: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    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 googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    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)
    Marketing
    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.
    Statistics
    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)