You know, it’s kind of sad seeing where my town has gone.
When I was a kid it was a well-off and well stocked place. Tone of mom and pop thrift stores. Three department stores. Both a Salvation Army and Goodwill and like five pawnshops.
A wonderful small-town mall with an awesome arcade, and fun little niche stores like OnCue/Sam Goody. The place was just in the middle of a heyday that made it feel busty and full of life.
Now I look around and it’s like it’s falling apart before my eyes. Just slowly because a dead-end shell where people only stay out of either hometown obligation or because they’ve hit the dead-end themselves.
The mall is slowly falling apart as all the big stores move out. We’ve lost Onque/Sam Goody, JC Penny, Hot Topic, and countless other shops. The only arcade is a small closet of a place with a few old and poorly maintained machines.
The Wal-Mart got bloated and ran the Target and K-Mart out. The only silver lining is that Hobby Lobby took up the old K-Mart location. We still have an empty Target building and old Wal-Mart building from before the Super Center that we can’t keep filled. We had an MCSports for a while but that whole chain went under.
Salvation Army thrift store closed it’s doors.
We lost Office Max and Family Video YEARS ago and a part of me with nostalgic attachment still misses them.
Two of those pawnshops are gone and the old man that ran a third passed on and left it to his son that’s running into the ground with obscene prices.
They tore down our historic civic center and replaced it with this extravagant monument to hubris that has no place in a town this small and put us eye-balls deep in debt. The kind of civic center you’d expect out in New York or LA.
Feels like standing by a childhood friends deathbed