"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
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
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.
"My family and I really miss Steve & Barry's. My daughter just graduated college and we bought her college logo t-shirts there for much less than the college bookstore charged. ... My son is heading to college this fall and now we don't have that option. Their stuff may not have been the best quality but it was certainly no worse than Walmart and it lasted long enough for us and the price could not be beat. And it wasn't just college stuff they carried. My daughter loved their Serena Williams shoes. In fact, my wife, daughter and son all bought stuff there. At $10 or less per item you just could not go wrong."
- Bill Rubin, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
"I will definitely miss Steve & Barry's the most since it is the only business that I shopped at that has closed. They had great, stylish clothes for very reasonable prices. Not being a person that is stuck on name brands, Steve & Barry's fit perfectly for me and my family."
- Chad Streit, Cedar Rapids, Iowa