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Retail Giants That Once Stood In East Texas

There is one thing constant in the universe and that is change. Change, for the most part, is good, but if you’re one of these businesses that used to be a staple in East Texas, it’s bad! It’s one of the random thoughts that pop in my head from time to time and I was thinking back, these were some really great brands and stores but they either didn’t change with the times or the retail landscape changed and forced them out of business.

Here are a few of the retailers along with a product that I thought about and miss.

Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Blockbuster Video



The once video giant had multiple stores throughout Tyler and East Texas.  I remember being charged a fee because I would return the movies before rewinding them.  That’s one thing I don’t miss, the rewind fee!


Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Circuit City



Once a big competitor to Best Buy, now when you see the empty store front or another store that’s taken over the space, the distinct design of the entrance still makes me think, Circuit City!


Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

K-B Toys



When going to the mall with my parents, we weren’t allowed to go into KB Toys, because they knew we’d want everything inside!  Fun place to just look around.


Sam Goody

Sam Goody



Once I had a job and my own money, here’s where most of it went!  I bought a ton of cassettes, cassette singles and cd’s from this place!


Rockafire Explosion at Showbiz Pizza

Showbiz Pizza



Before being bought out by Chuck E. Cheese’s this was our destination for pizza, games and entertainment from the band Rock-afire Explosion!  Featuring Fatz Geronimo, Looney Bird, Billy Bob Brockali, Dook LaRue and others.


crystal pepsi

Crystal Pepsi



Just for fun, as I was thinking back, I remembered drinking Crystal Pepsi!


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