Chess King, J Riggins & Merry-Go-Round: 10 Classic Mall Stores That Are Gone Or All But Gone

It's Christmas shopping time, so chances are you've got a mall in your future.

And chances are that mall won't be anything like it was.

Back in the day, every mall seemed to have at least a few of the same stores in it. They may have been stores you never actually saw anyone buying anything in, or they may have been wildly popular, but nowadays they have either disappeared from the mall landscape or have become increasingly hard to find.

Whither there goest, Chess King? Let's see, in a look at ten classic mall stores.

10. Chess King Where the allegedly well-dressed young man of the '80s went to stock up for the school year. The chain began in 1968 by salesmen from Thom McAn (remember them?) and eventually grew to 500 stores across the nation.

But, like a-ha and the Flock of Seagulls, it got stuck in the `80s and was left behind. The last store closed in 1995.

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Richard Connelly
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