Book Store Totes
Show everyone you're a preferred reader in this shirt. On March 4, 1933, Lawrence Hoyt opened a rental library in a leased space inside a Bridgeport, CT department store under the name Walden Book Company. By 1948 it had grown to over 250 locations in various department stores. In 1962, the company opened its first "Waldenbooks" store in the Northway Mall in Pittsburgh, PA. The 1970s were a time of extraordinary growth for Waldenbooks, with new stores opening around the country at the rate of one per week. Waldenbooks had opened its 500th store in 1978 and by 1981 it had become the first bookstore chain to have stores in every state. By the time the company was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 1983, Walden was operating 830 stores nationwide and was continuing to thrive. Beginning in 2004, many Waldenbooks locations were re-branded and it was announced that the company was downsizing the Waldenbooks chain. By January 2010, 200 stores were closed. Liquidation to close all of the remaining Waldenbooks commenced on July 22, 2011.
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America's favorite bookseller is now on your favorite t-shirt. Founded in 1966 by Bruce Dayton, B. Dalton Bookseller Inc. grew to be the second-largest operator of shopping-mall bookstores in the US. Initially, with stores that featured parquet flooring and wide aisles, B. Dalton targeted middle-class suburban customers. Later the store switched to a mass-market approach, which allowed for a wider range of titles. B. Dalton was also a longtime sponsor of the PBS TV series Reading Rainbow. By January 2010, all but two B. Dalton locations were closed, with the final store closing at the end of February, 2013.
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Where shopping is always a pleasure. Caldor Inc., launched in 1951, was a leading retailer of upscale discount goods in the northeastern US. Caldor expanded rapidly beginning in the early 1980s to become the fifth largest discount chain in the nation by the early 1990s. The company sold nearly $2.5 billion worth of goods and employed a work force of more than 20,000 in 1994. A discount industry pioneer, Caldor predates the start of both Kmart and Wal-Mart by more than a decade. Despite its successes, Caldor suffered from financial issues in its later years and the company was liquidated in 1999.
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The first Musicland store opened in 1955 in Minneapolis. The company expanded rapidly during the mall boom in the 1980s and continued to grow into the 90s, becoming the US's largest specialty retailer of entertainment products. In addition to Musicland the company also ran Sam Goody, Suncoast, OnCue, and the Media Play Superstore Chains. The Musicland Group was purchased by Best Buy in 2001 at the height of Musicland's success, and unfortunately led to its demise. By then, Musicland numbered over 1300 stores, but Best Buy failed to generate the results they were looking for, losing $85 million in 2002. They had failed at properly running The Musicland Group and as a result, they put the company up for sale. The Musicland Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006.
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