In the Know: 7 more local chain store closings including 1965 original. One place poised for comeback
Sadly, the closings keep coming with the bankruptcies, and a lot of history is getting wiped out.
Going out of business bargains have begun at the New York & Company at the Edison Mall in Fort Myers, where it had 11,000 square feet as a Nov. 18, 1965 original tenant under a different name, and at its discount locale at Miromar Outlets in Estero.
The liquidations at the bankrupt specialty women's fashion retailer, at one time the nation's largest focused on females and children, should continue for up to two months, according to the merchant.
A few folks may not realize, but it got its start in 1918 as the legendary and lovely Lerner Shops. Remember them and the soft pretty pink colors everywhere that reminded ya of Jackie O? That waft of sweet smelling perfume that would float into the mall corridor and pull inside shoppers, like my abuela.
At what was once the area’s only mall, it launched locally the same month with 22 other contemporaries including dearly departed names there Sears, Maas Brothers, Woolworth, Ives Book Store, Toyland, Mason’s Bakery and Food Fair. Leaving long ago, it debuted with the Coastland Center in Naples Sept. 28, 1977.
Of late, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and Gabrielle Union have been among the actresses promoting its products.
The initial deals began at up to 60%.
Also saying good-bye are Izod and Van Heusen outlets, part of the Heritage Brand series elimination of the combo, and another blow for Miromar.
In addition, its hit list includes those at the Naples Coastal Shoppes at Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 and Sanibel Outlets on Summerlin Road in south Fort Myers that lost a Brooks Brothers presence last month, too.
Parent organization PVH Corp. said its Heritage exit should extend into 2021. So one last shot at holiday shopping, how ever that might look if we're still in this persistent pandemic. Let's hope something, anything, changes.
Now gone as well from Miromar and Sanibel Outlets is G.H. Bass shoes, which has been in business since 1876 and is shuffling out the door at all 89 of its marts.
These seven come on top of the nine disappearing stores we reported recently at locations like Estero's Coconut Point, Coastland, Miromar, Edison Mall and Naples Coastal.
Though not local, our nearest and the Sunshine State's only Lord & Taylor is saying farewell to Boca Raton after this past week's Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.
Half of its 38 outposts will disappear, and our best option will be found more than 1,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. The company says sales are underway now if you want a shorter road trip to Palm Beach to get one last, socially distanced, look and find something sassy but cheap on the racks.
Lord & Taylor had been on the wish list of many who told In the Know earlier this year they hoped to see it as a replacement for the Nordstrom that ceased at Waterside Shops in Naples.
So far, none of our four Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank spots in Naples, Estero and Fort Myers made this past week's initial list of 100 shutdowns by their corporate overloads. Unfortunately, 400 more are slated for shuttering as fewer gents dress up with suits and ties in this "casualization" age.
And surviving for the moment in the Naples' Mercato and downtown Sarasota: Sur La Table, which features high-end cookware and didn't include the pair in its new bankruptcy list of 51 closures, nearly half of its units.
Not as fortunate was the Lucky Brand at Sarasota's The Mall at University Town Center in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. But the jeans firm plans to keep a presence at Miromar.
Naples residents Paul McGlynn and Sid Fisken are among readers who have been sharing their fondness for a place that bid adieu.
You figure a special restaurant. Maybe the school where you met your significant other. How about a beloved doctor who retired her practice?
Nah, a venue to wash your automobile. That's how highly regarded Calypso Car Wash and related entities at Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette-Frank Road had been for some. Or perhaps it's their shiny vehicles that told them of the appreciation. I know my Tin Lizzie has a lot to say. Often not good when I forget to change the oil.
"My favorite car wash for nine years," McGlynn said.
As we reported two months ago in the Naples Daily News, Riverside At Moorings Park Inc. purchased the 1.05-acre tract from Rick and Ken Skizas for $3.7 million. Their late parents, Alex and Evelyn, who ran a similar Chicagoland enterprise for almost 30 years, had bought it at Christmas 1999 for $2.15 million.
The good news is that the new owners are planning to lease the shuttered operation.
"Can you shed some light on this matter as I have six unused paid for visits?" asked Fisken, who has been a customer "for better than 20 years."
No additional info yet, said Moorings CEO Dan Lavender, who's been the boss man at the retirement living establishment for 11 years and quickly got back with me.
"We are making great progress," Lavender said, just not "substantive" enough to share.
With the pickup of the county-dubbed "Stoney's Plaza" plot, the Moorings group now has about a dozen adjacent pieces, ready for future expansion to go with its other nearby communities if the occasion arises.
The parcel's history links it to the late big-time landowner D.L. "Stoney" Stoneburner and his family, key players in Collier history in development, agriculture and the Swamp Buggy Festival, among many other ventures.
One of the better Stoney stories, and there are many, involves the annual races and celebration, and his decision to bring buddy Billy Carter to town for a 1977 American Cancer Society benefit in conjunction with the events. Yes, that Carter, the president's brother who inhaled a half-dozen packs of cigarettes a day and openly celebrated beer.
Not exactly the image the non-profit agency was looking for, and it eventually cut ties even though Stoneburner had already mailed a personal $10,000 cashier's check. The honoree offered to return it, but instead our local "civic spirit" of a man, as labeled by the newspaper, had another idea.
Celebrating farming, contributors could pay to explore ranches, pick produce and eat barbecue as part of festivities with the 40-year-old VIP, who would die a decade later of pancreatic cancer. Good time, it appears, was had by all, plus more than a dozen charities divvied up the $16,500 raised. That's $70,000 in 2020 money.
Based at the Naples Daily News, Columnist Phil Fernandez (email@example.com) writes In the Know as part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Support Democracy and subscribe to a newspaper.