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Sears/Kmart

Started by Tuxedo Mark, September 12, 2016, 12:50:04 pm

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DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: ASS-P on November 25, 2017, 09:56:05 pm
...The Sears at the Capitola Mall in Santa Cruz County is in decent shape, actually! The S-K thing was discussed on another (non-comics) board of mine. Although an outside of the building " Sears " sign was missing color in one of its As, when I went inside, the Capitola Sears was decent'looking, tidy & well-stocked - Not the run-down ghost town I was anticipating! (Someone at that other board works there.)


The mall itself isn't super crowded, I suppose - their food court consisted of three stands! The had a " pay a fee to play video games on a big screen " place, and a comicsgames store, with Magic tables set up in the back - I don't think I'd seen a comics shop in a mall since the boom comics shop years ended in a crash in 1994 or so - Frankly, though I like them, I thought that malls tended to snobbiness about " teenager-attracting businesses " like comics and vg places. Perhaps they can't be so snobbish anymore? ???


I think it's more like... what they don't want to attract is teenagers loitering around, just looking for a place to hang out and meet their friends. What they do want to attract is teenagers who have money to spend in their stores. As long as your money is green (or your credit/bank card is valid), they just want customers and aren't particular as to whom they are.

ASS-P

November 27, 2017, 05:47:12 am #106 Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 05:52:28 am by ASS-P
...It was one of the " S "s
in the Sears sign that was missing color. I got there about 6:30 tonite (Sunday). They have 4 anchor stores, Sears, Target, Kohl's, and Macy's. Their closing time was 8 PM. The Sears was already closed :-* ! As was a Lenscrafters by it. I suppose a Lenscrafters would need a liscenced glasses-grinder/exam-giver on site at all times, and I recall the speculation made here earlier about pharmacies, etcetera...And, did the " Black Friday " weekend have any effect on this? The Kohl's was open. By the time I got to the readon I came, Target (past 7), they seemed 100% closed. As I left (to go into the open-till-10 Chili's actually) about 9:45/50 the comics shop was still open and Kohl's was. I never got a look at Macy's.

SAGG

Just...close...both....please. The slow suffering of two iconic retailers is too awful to witness for me... 😔😎


Tuxedo Mark

Quote from: SAGG on December 17, 2017, 06:11:37 pm

...And the suffering continues:


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/sears-is-teetering-on-the-edge-of-bankruptcy-and-kmart-could-be-its-first-casualty/ar-BBGO9co?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp


Yeah, I saw this yesterday on my phone. I was kinda surprised when they closed the Kmart that I used to work at, since it was supposedly one of the better stores, but it looks like the company would rather close Kmart stores over Sears stores.

By the way, from the third-quarter results posted on November 30, they had a net loss of $558,000,000.
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Quote from: Tuxedo Mark on December 17, 2017, 09:03:42 pm
Quote from: SAGG on December 17, 2017, 06:11:37 pm

...And the suffering continues:


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/sears-is-teetering-on-the-edge-of-bankruptcy-and-kmart-could-be-its-first-casualty/ar-BBGO9co?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp


Yeah, I saw this yesterday on my phone. I was kinda surprised when they closed the Kmart that I used to work at, since it was supposedly one of the better stores, but it looks like the company would rather close Kmart stores over Sears stores.

By the way, from the third-quarter results posted on November 30, they had a net loss of $558,000,000.
Makes one wonder what their motivation to keep going is. One cannot keep going after losing so much money, they just can't--unless I'm missing something.... ???

ASS-P

March 17, 2018, 07:19:01 pm #111 Last Edit: March 17, 2018, 07:25:57 pm by ASS-P
...I took my first trip to the K-Mart in Watsonville, 1 hr away by bus since I've been back here, to see if they still sell Archie digests. They do! ;D :D
  B&V Jumbo Nos. 161 and 163, IIRC. I bought the former ~ from what seemed to be their only magazine rack. The digests occupied three of the four digest-sized spaces, but that's probably because someone left them spread out. I didn't see any Archie trademark on the digest-sized  racks, I saw something else. They were stocked right next to the Black Panther official tie-in, BTW! Only one Spanish-language magazine, Hola! I thought there'd be more. They had TV Guide, I hadn't seen that in a while/was wondering if they were still in business. Intreprid Boy Comics Reporter, signing out! :) :smitten: ;)

SAGG

FINALLY! Sears has declared bankruptcy! It's dead! A(nother) retailing icon is gone! The suffering is over!

DeCarlo Rules

October 19, 2018, 12:47:57 am #113 Last Edit: October 19, 2018, 12:50:04 am by DeCarlo Rules
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 12:40:29 am
FINALLY! Sears has declared bankruptcy! It's dead! A(nother) retailing icon is gone! The suffering is over!


You don't have to sound so happy about it. I'm sure plenty of people were relying on that employer for their main income, so their suffering has only begun.

It just makes me wonder what happens after the dust completely settles and there's only ONE major brick & mortar retailer left (Walmart, from the looks of it at this point). I'm not particularly looking forward to being around when that happens.

SAGG

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2018, 12:47:57 am
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 12:40:29 am
FINALLY! Sears has declared bankruptcy! It's dead! A(nother) retailing icon is gone! The suffering is over!


You don't have to sound so happy about it. I'm sure plenty of people were relying on that employer for their main income, so their suffering has only begun.

It just makes me wonder what happens after the dust completely settles and there's only ONE major brick & mortar retailer left (Walmart, from the looks of it at this point). I'm not particularly looking forward to being around when that happens.
No, I certainly wasn't happy. Just relieved that the suffering has stopped. I'm sorry, but Sears had been losing money for years. It was time to put them out of their misery. I worked at another iconic retailer that went out of business, Toys R Us, though I've been away from it for over 20 years. I take no pleasure in seeing people lose their jobs, but they had to have known it was only a matter of time before the axe would fall, and can adjust accordingly to finding other jobs, even some in other retailers. Now, I'm assuming K-Mart should be right behind....

DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 01:24:01 am
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2018, 12:47:57 am
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 12:40:29 am
FINALLY! Sears has declared bankruptcy! It's dead! A(nother) retailing icon is gone! The suffering is over!


You don't have to sound so happy about it. I'm sure plenty of people were relying on that employer for their main income, so their suffering has only begun.

It just makes me wonder what happens after the dust completely settles and there's only ONE major brick & mortar retailer left (Walmart, from the looks of it at this point). I'm not particularly looking forward to being around when that happens.
No, I certainly wasn't happy. Just relieved that the suffering has stopped. I'm sorry, but Sears had been losing money for years. It was time to put them out of their misery. I worked at another iconic retailer that went out of business, Toys R Us, though I've been away from it for over 20 years. I take no pleasure in seeing people lose their jobs, but they had to have known it was only a matter of time before the axe would fall, and can adjust accordingly to finding other jobs, even some in other retailers. Now, I'm assuming K-Mart should be right behind....


Sometimes I wish Marvel Comics would go out of business. I've heard rumors that Disney doesn't think it's worth the trouble to publish new comics, and would rather just license the characters to someone else that's interested. They may well have a point there.

SAGG

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2018, 01:31:01 am
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 01:24:01 am
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2018, 12:47:57 am
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 12:40:29 am
FINALLY! Sears has declared bankruptcy! It's dead! A(nother) retailing icon is gone! The suffering is over!


You don't have to sound so happy about it. I'm sure plenty of people were relying on that employer for their main income, so their suffering has only begun.

It just makes me wonder what happens after the dust completely settles and there's only ONE major brick & mortar retailer left (Walmart, from the looks of it at this point). I'm not particularly looking forward to being around when that happens.
No, I certainly wasn't happy. Just relieved that the suffering has stopped. I'm sorry, but Sears had been losing money for years. It was time to put them out of their misery. I worked at another iconic retailer that went out of business, Toys R Us, though I've been away from it for over 20 years. I take no pleasure in seeing people lose their jobs, but they had to have known it was only a matter of time before the axe would fall, and can adjust accordingly to finding other jobs, even some in other retailers. Now, I'm assuming K-Mart should be right behind....


Sometimes I wish Marvel Comics would go out of business. I've heard rumors that Disney doesn't think it's worth the trouble to publish new comics, and would rather just license the characters to someone else that's interested. They may well have a point there.
Heh...let Time-Warner have them. High time for a combined DC/Marvel universe!!  :2funny:

DeCarlo Rules

October 19, 2018, 03:09:05 am #117 Last Edit: October 20, 2018, 01:39:01 am by DeCarlo Rules
Quote from: SAGG on October 19, 2018, 01:46:10 am
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on October 19, 2018, 01:31:01 am

Sometimes I wish Marvel Comics would go out of business. I've heard rumors that Disney doesn't think it's worth the trouble to publish new comics, and would rather just license the characters to someone else that's interested. They may well have a point there.
Heh...let Time-Warner have them. High time for a combined DC/Marvel universe!!  :2funny:


Actually, there was a point in the 1980s at which there was a serious possibility of that happening -- I don't think it would happen now. Disney bought Marvel for its intellectual properties... the characters, and that was a smart business decision that is making the Disney Company a TON of money off of movies, television, and merchandising of those characters. The Marvel characters have been very profitable for the Disney company -- the sole exception to that rule seems to be in the comics publishing business, where they're raking in mere peanuts; barely worth the effort to keep going.

Disney could certainly license the Marvel characters out to DC Comics for the purpose of publishing comic book stories, but you won't see a combined DC/Marvel universe unless Time/Warner can be certain that any characters created outside of the DC Comics publishing operation are OWNED lock, stock & barrel by WB. In other words, if Marvel Comics as a publishing operation wholly owned by Disney ceased to exist, Disney would license the Marvel characters to another comic book publisher -- in exactly the same way that Disney even now licenses Fantagraphics, IDW, JoeBooks, Papercutz, TokyoPop, and other publishing entities to utilize its company-owned properties Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Uncle Scrooge McDuck... or any of their more contemporary animated characters from recent CG-animated films. Of course there's someone at Disney who still passes judgment on the finished product and says what you can or can't do with those characters, or what needs to be changed before they'll approve it for publication.

Speaking of which, while Marvel Comics hasn't ceased operations as a publisher yet, the licensing of the Marvel characters to other publishers (in this case, IDW, who have already served the Disney company well as publisher of its classic animated characters) has already begun...



And of course, there's THIS, which already happened a while ago, so the Disney company isn't necessarily going to grant any one publisher exclusive rights to publish comics featuring the Marvel characters, should the formerly-unthinkable happen and Marvel Comics itself cease operations as a publisher. In this case, Marvel is actually producing the digests itself using its library of material, while ACP is functioning in purely a business capacity, responsible for taking care of the printing, distribution, and accounting of the Marvel digests, and sharing the profits with Marvel according to some predefined split.



Tuxedo Mark

Fast Eddie's nervous now, trying to rally the troops, so they can survive bankruptcy. I doubt they will, though. In 2005, the bankruptcy laws were changed to eliminate abuses. Basically, retailers would become "ghost tenants", tying up valuable property while not using it. They would spend 1-2 years trying to negotiate. Mall owners complained to Congress, hence the revisions to the laws. Now, companies in bankruptcy have only 7 months to work stuff out. The malls wanna get the space back, because Sears has paid one of the lowest rents, because most of the contracts were signed 20+ years ago. Basically, the malls wanna upgrade the spaces and jack up the rent.
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Sears is all but gone in this area now. The one in Florence (Kentucky) is in its final days ("up to 70% off" and store fixtures now on sale). The one in Springdale (Ohio) closed a while back, as did the one in Western Hills. The ones in Northgate and Eastgate are still open but are going to be gone soon as well.

Oddly enough though we do still have two K-Mart stores which keep making it past each new round of closures.


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