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Today we received this email with the subject line
“STORE CLOSINGS” (read my response below):

----- Original Message -----

Watch those store money cards and gift cards.. and credit slips!  Stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.

Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered

Lane Bryant,, Fashion Bug, and Catherine's to close 150 stores

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores

My response was...

“Whoa.  Now, I must say that while this news invokes some initial feelings of 'oh-my-goodness-what-will-all-those-people-do-for-work' within me, it is quickly followed up by a feeling of gratitude that these stores - which are often stocked with goods made by child laborers in third world countries, use up so much oil to ship to the many stores, thereby contributing to global warming, and generally are things we have no real need for anyway (although we do own a Sprint cell phone, so um...could I live without that?!?  I think so!) - are finally closing.  These people will find better ways to use their time and skills, maybe by teaching children, growing food, fixing old things up, eco-retrofitting existing buildings and homes, installing solar panels, repairing bicycles, converting cars to be electric or biodiesel, caring for the sick, helping elderly people have a high quality of life, help birth babies, write and share their wisdom, write books, make educational videos, plan celebrations, grow in their spiritual paths, help with local governance, prepare and cook food, the list could go on and on with things that we actually need in this world!

Okay, off my soap box now :-)   Just wanted to express my gratitude that the paradigm is shifting and we will soon be less dependent on big box and chain stores!”

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I whole heartedly agree with you! A very well written blog.

No matter how anyone looks at the current financial situation - change is needed.

That is why I am totally for supporting local farms and small businesses. That actually work hard to produce a job well done!

Posted by Pamela on November 18, 2008 at 06:13 AM PST #

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