It’s hard to believe that 1990 was 30+ years ago. It seems like 10. 90s kids are a different breed. They don’t feel like they fit in with the millennial generation, but also definitely do not identify as Gen-Z. They are just sort of stuck in the middle. One thing 90s babies do know – the amazing stores they used to shop at that no longer exist.
While a lot of 90s fashion, toys, and trends are coming back, the one thing that will stay in the dust forever is the brick & mortar store that you probably shopped at every week. So if you want to get a fanny pack or rock the double denim, you will probably have to go to a store like Target.
These are the top 5 stores you probably remember if you were born in the 90s.
If you ever needed to find a unique album, Tower Records was the place to go. They were relatively cheap and sold almost every music artist you could think of. The chain closed in 2006 and were taken over by stores like FYE and digital sales. However, Tower Records did make a comeback and opened up an online store that sells CDs, vinyls, and cassettes. You might even be able to find merch for your favorite, not so mainstream anymore, artist.
What most people today would consider Best Buy, Circuit City was THE place to go to for electronics and appliances. Sadly, all the stores shut down in 2009 when they filed for bankruptcy. They abandoned large appliances in 2000 to make more room for electronics, which was slowly taking over the world at that time. However, in 2018 the CEO tried to make a comeback with an experimental website and some kiosks, hoping to move to actual stores again. If that is the case, we don’t know of any.
Ahh, Blockbuster. There was nothing better on a Friday night when your parents would take you to Blockbuster so you could rent a movie for that night. It was so much fun to see the board with the list of movies coming out soon, the buckets of candy and snacks and the rows and rows of VHS movies. You probably tried to convince your parents that the latest Mary-Kate & Ashley movie was a must see for the whole family. Sadly, the age of streaming and digital movies came and this store was no longer needed. They shut down in 2010.
If you wanted to get a new CD player, electronic accessories, or fix any of your electronics, you could just head to your nearest Radio Shack and they would take care of that for you. In 2017, the company filed for bankruptcy and the stores shut down. However, due to the online world, the company revived it digitally by creating a website. The age of digital has won again.
Before there was Barnes & Noble, there was Borders. It was similar to B&N, selling books, music, some pop culture items, and food, but because it was smaller, B&N won out and the stores closed in 2011 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The website remained up until September of that year but eventually redirected customers to Barnes & Noble. Kmart had acquired the chain stores, which had also closed years later.
Which stores do you remember from that time?