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43 Stores That Have Closed & You Will Never Be Able To Shop At Again

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Waldenbooks

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Waldenbooks used to be a standard find in shopping malls as a place to stop in for books after busy families are done shopping for clothes and before heading home for the day. Interestingly, Waldenbooks actually can trace its roots back to a book rental store, but after World War II, book retail sales were the future. Over the years, Waldenbooks was bought and sold amongst numerous parent companies, and it experimented with different ways of rebranding itself and trying to increase sales. Ultimately, Waldenbooks was bought by Kmart, a company that also owned Borders, and proceded to spin its books brands off on their own. At one point in time, Waldenbooks had an impressive 1,216 stores and was located in all 50 states. But when Borders started feeling the squeeze, it rebranded some Waldenbooks locations and closed others. When Borders went under in 2011, the remaining locations were closed.

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