Sunday, November 19, 2017

Retail in Windham County

Here's a list of the major retail companies that have locations in Windham County, Connecticut. Other lists will be made for New London and Tolland Counties.

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Stop & Shop
  • Big Y
  • BJ's Wholesale
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Ocean State Job Lot
Alright, here's the list of the locations for those brands, plus photos of those locations (all are from 2017):

  1. Walmart

    1. US 6, North Windham 
    2. US 6, Brooklyn

    3. US 44, Putnam
  2. Target
    1. Killingly Commons, Dayville
  3. Stop & Shop
    1. CT 32/66, Willimantic
    2. Killingly Commons, Dayville
    3. US 44, Dayville

  4. Big Y
    1. Lathrop Rd, Plainfield
    2. CT 12, Danielson
  5. BJ's Wholesale
    1. CT 32, Willimantic
  6. Home Depot
    1. US 6, North Windham
  7. Lowe's
    1. Killingly Commons, Dayville
  8. Ocean State Job Lot
    1. CT 32, Willimantic
    2. US 6, Brooklyn 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kmart in Vernon, CT

Sources: Relatives who lived nearby, Flickr

This Kmart was the fourth location in Connecticut, opening in 1975. This is only 3 years after the first one opened in Manchester, 1972.
Opening ad (1975)
This Kmart continued on, being renovated sometime in the 1990's. Then Kmart hit bankruptcy in 2002, and while other Kmarts' around the area shut down during the time, this one managed to stay alive. Now the store has made it to its 42nd birthday, and is still keeping its 1990's decor.
October 2007
This location seems to be in the same shape as any other Big Kmart in the county, with a small plaza attached to it. Anyways, here are some photos of the Kmart from 2017:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ames in Eastern Connecticut (Pt. 2)

If you want context, see part one.

Source: Ames Fan Club

New London County


109 Salem Turnpike (CT 82), Norwich, CT
This location closed in 2002, and sat vacant until Backus Hospital opened up in the former space in 2005. Photos:


Jewett City

461A Voluntown Rd (CT 138), Jewett City, CT
This store was also closed in 2002, and was empty until 2005, when a Ocean State Job Lot took over some of the space. Around 2010, Tractor Supply opened up in the rest of the Ames area, leaving it at its current state. Photos:



158 Parkway North, Waterford, CT
This location was also during the bankruptcy in 2002. It sat vacant until early-2005, when it was demolished, and a Lowe's opened up in the former Ames spot in 2006. Photos:
And that is it!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ames in Eastern Connecticut (Pt. 1)

When Ames went bankrupt in 2002, the chain left behind many locations in Eastern Connecticut, so I thought I thought I could tell you what happened to Ames locations across the area:

Source: Ames Fan Club

Windham County


728 Hartford Pike (CT 101), Dayville, CT
This location was one of the first in the state, opening in 1983. It was one of the longest ones vacant, lasting 8 years. Nothing opening at the former Ames until 2010, when Planet Fitness opened up. Planet Fitness toke up most of the space. Some photos:


Tolland County


95 Storrs Road (CT 195), Mansfield, CT, Inside the East Brook Mall
This location was opened in 1998, replacing the only Caldor in the county. It was vacant from 2002-2005. Kohl's opened up in the former Ames area, and has remained since. Photos:


35 Talcottville Rd (CT 83), Vernon, CT
This location replaced a Caldor in the late-1990s and was closed during the Ames bankruptcy. The location was replaced by Price Chopper in 2005, which it has remained since. Photos: