Saturday, April 30, 2016

Second Chance Prom

I'd be lucky to get to one on the bus at this rate!
Not strictly retail-related but I'd like to announce the Second Chance Prom!  More info on link.
UPDATE: Something across town has been found so this will be a Plan B.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cost Cutters/Fantastic Sams/Lemon Tree

Ypsilanti, MI Fantastic Sams.
There are three franchised hair and beauty salon chains in the nation that I'm aware of so I thought I'd try that for a bit of a change.  Cost Cutters already have locations in Cortland, Oneida and Auburn (their competitors can go in these small towns instead marked with an *), while Fantastic Sams locations exist in Albany and Schenectady (formerly in nearby suburb Delmar where I'd heard of them) and the Lemon Tree I heard of downstate when I lived going that way and know the least about (closest one is in Sidney it turns out).  Here's where they all could go:

Syracuse (west side) - former Sam Dell Dodge (next to Dollar Tree)
Clay/Liverpool - former deJons (Great Northern Mall) or Verizon Wireless (NY 31)
deWitt - Shoppingtown
Camillus - Township 5, former Movie Gallery or Staples Plaza
New Hartford - Sangertown Square
Westvale - Westvale Plaza (next to Planet Fitness)
North Syracuse - Northern Lights Plaza
Cicero - Marketplace Plaza
Central Square - former Disc Connection
Syracuse (downtown) - former Tim Hortons
Cortland - downtown or Cortlandville*
Fairmount - former Thrifty Shopper
Fayetteville - former Epic
Manlius - former Rite Aid if they merge with Walgreens and replace CVS on NY 173 once they move to NY 92
Chittenango - former Kinney Drugs
Bridgeport - same as above
Fulton - former Eckerd/Fays/Rite Aid or Tim Hortons on NY 481
Oswego - former Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104
Oneida - former Tim Hortons*
Auburn - Fingerlakes Mall or former Family Dollar on NY 5*
Elbridge - former Family Dollar
Syracuse (south side) - former Blockbuster Video on US 11 & NY 173
Rochester - former Blockbuster Video on NY 31
Geneva - former Big M
Utica (downtown) - former Rite Aid
Canastota - former Family Dollar on NY 5 & 13

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Hattiesburg, MS location (O'Charleys will have 2 W8).
Heard of Zaxby's from a commercial for something based in the South so it looked like something I'd like to see north of the Masie-Dixie.

Syracuse (west side) - former Dennys or Sam Dell Dodge
Syracuse (east side) - former PHP (must be torn down and restaurant built from chicken scratch)
Baldwinsville (Moyers Corners) - former Hardees/Tim Hortons
Fulton - former Tim Hortons or Jreck Subs
Oswego - former Ponderosa or Tim Hortons
deWitt - former Cicis Pizza or Shoppingtown
Cortland - former Tim Hortons, Cortlandville or Riverside Plaza
East Syracuse - former Carmellas Café
Colonie - former Barnes and Noble
New Hartford - former Sears (section not used by Carbone Used Cars)
Clay - Great Northern Mall
Lyncourt/Eastwood - former Yummy Buffett/Ginga Japanese Steakhouse in Shop City
Latham - former Latham Circle Mall
Cicero - former McDonalds
North Syracuse - former Tim Hortons
Syracuse (north side) - former Circuit City or Bon Ton
Liverpool - former CVS/pharmacy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts in LA (only free photo around).
With one health-oriented chain in town and another desired, Sprouts could work its way east:

Rochester - former Constantinos
Irondequoit - former Medley Ctr
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village
Clifton Park - outgoing OfficeMax
Henrietta - former Tops
Auburn - former P&C
New Hartford - former Price Chopper or Save-a-Lot
North Adams, MA - outgoing Price Chopper
DeWitt - former Dicks (Shoppingtown) or OfficeMax (next to current Dicks)
Oswego - former Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104
Cortland - former P&C
Ithaca - former kmart
Liverpool - former Price Chopper
various Southern/Midwestern locations - former Walmart/Amigos
Fulton - former kmart
Amherst - Eastern Hills Mall (empty anchor TBD)
Latham - Latham Circle Mall
Watervliet - former Price Chopper (if not already taken)
Menands - former Save-a-Lot
Pulaski - former Als Corner Market
Colonie - former Barnes and Noble
Arlington - former ShopRite
Flushing - former Caldor
Baldwinsville - former Smokey Hollow Market
Adams, MA (Berkshires) - outgoing Price Chopper

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Circuit City

Circuit City
Augusta, ME store.
First new post this year.  Circuit City are coming back but will have smaller stores.  Here's where they could go:

New Hartford*
deWitt (former Chappells/Bon-Ton, Dicks or OfficeMax)
Colonie (former Barnes and Noble)
Irondequoit (Medley Center)
Buffalo (Eastern Hills Mall)
Kingston (former JCPenney)
Clay (same as deWitt)
Clifton Park (closing OfficeMax)
North Syracuse (former TJ Maxx, Staples, Michaels or Media Play)
Oswego (former Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104)
Fulton (former kmart)
Ithaca (former kmart if not already taken)
Cortland (former flea market if not Planet Fitness)
Poughkeepsie (TBD as I don't go this way anymore but they had a * as well)

*Past location that's still available

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Salvation Army Family Stores

Salvation Army
Newer location.
Salvation Army Family Stores (Salvos) are the largest chain of charity shops in the world and they can still rule the roost as rival chain Savers/Value Village (Canada) may not expand right now:

Oswego - NY 104, former Dollar Tree or other vacancy on NY 104
Fairmount - W Genesee St, former Thrifty Shopper
Manlius - NY 173, outgoing CVS if Walgreens don't move in
Baldwinsville - Downer St, former Rite Aid
Camillus - Camillus Plaza, Rite Aid if Walgreens deal is approved.
Herkimer - NY 5S/28 TBD
Oneida - downtown, former Herb Phillipsons or NY 5/365A TBD
Fayetteville - NY 5 at Fayetteville Square
Syracuse (south side) - US 11 & NY 173, former Hollywood or Blockbuster Video
Rochester - NY 31 (Monroe Ave.), former Blockbuster Video

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


REI - Carolina Place Mall - Pineville, NC
Pineville, NC location.

REI made headlines by staying closed on Black Friday which is how I heard of them as they have yet to grace these (lake) shores being only downstate in NY right now:

deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall (in former site of rival Dicks, Bon-Ton, JCPenney or Macys)
Syracuse - Destiny USA (in soon to be former Sports Authority or now empty Bon-Ton although the Broome County chain are already there)
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village
Clifton Park - outgoing OfficeMax
Auburn - Genesee St (former P&C about a mile from another competitor Bass Pro Shops)
Clay - Great Northern Mall (where Bon-Ton already left)
Liverpool - former Price Chopper or Wegmans
North Syracuse - (W Taft Road) former Chase-Pitkin or (Northern Lights) former TJ Maxx, Michaels or Media Play
New Hartford - Sangertown Square (ex-Sears)
Rotterdam - Rotterdam Square Mall (old Macys)
Irondequoit - Medley Centre (not wholly familiar with Rochester regional retail although a location in Monroe County has been confirmed for CityGate)
Williamsville - Eastern Hills Mall (former Dave and Busters or other Buffalo area vacancy)
Camillus - Camillus Plaza (just in case Bon-Ton winds up leaving there too)
Oswego - NY 104 (TBD)
Fulton - River Glen Plaza (former kmart)
Cortland - Riverside Mall (if I choose somewhere else for Planet Fitness)
Latham - Latham Circle Mall (freestanding)
TBD - Other closing Sport Authority stores where REI aren't already in town.