Hummer Bummer: Brand's Demise Enrages, Delights

He really was proud of his accomplishment in such a short time at Circuit City. I will never forget the look of hurt and sadness at the news.

This is just one of the painful life lessons he and others will learn."
- Cathy Mayberry, Stratford, Conn.

"Circuit City definitely wasn't perfect, but it was one of Best Buy's key competitors. I suspect Best Buy and other electronics retailers will have less pressure to offer better deals going forward."
- Matt Wilcko, Erie, Penn.

"I very much miss Circuit City. I have loyally shopped there for years. Their prices were the best, their customer service was great. ... What a shame they couldn't make it."
- C. Meyers, LeRoy, N.Y.

"I'm not YET missing them, but if/when my laptop that I purchased from them takes a dive, I will be missing Circuit City. I am already missing the money that we paid for the warranty that is now no good! The nearest store was just down the freeway from us, and we made our purchase shortly before it was announced they were going out of business. Had we known, we would have gone elsewhere."
- Monica Morton, Universal City, Texas

Mervyn's

Retailer Mervyn's filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2008 and closed its more than 100 stores by the end of the year. Founded in 1949, the Mervyn's stores were largely located in California, Texas, Arizona and other Western states. The Mervyn's name may not be gone for good. The sons of the chain's founder reportedly plan to open an online version of the store.

"I loved Mervyn's and will miss this store greatly. ... From gift cards and shoes [for myself and my daughter] to jewelry, it was once a wonderful store with a good selection. It's difficult to pass by the empty building, now on my way to Target."
- Lynn Nelson, La Mirada, Calif.

"For almost 10 years, I worked for the Hayward, CA department store chain, Mervyn's. I started during my senior year in high school and continued to work throughout my college career. It was a wonderful store, and the entire staff was an extended family, by having picnics, holiday parties, and such. I was sad to see Mervyn's go out of business."
- John, Alexandria, Va.

"As a child, one of my favorite places to visit was Mervyn's. My mom would take the kids to shop for back-to-school clothes and we loved it because Mervyn's had the best clothes in the latest styles. Besides Miller's Outpost, Mervyn's was the place to buy your Levi's 501s. Back then Mervyn's had a toy section, too, and we'd always finish out the trip with a stop at the toy department. When I saw that Mervyn's was shutting their doors it made me realize that I wouldn't be able to share in those memories with my kids."
- Homer Purdy, Ogden, Utah

Steve & Barry's

Discount clothing retailer Steve & Barry's was in business for just a decade when it filed for bankruptcy last year. The company, which was home to actress Sarah Jessica Parker's "Bitten" fashion label, operated some 175 stores but ultimately closed them all.

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