"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
When its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last October, Mother's Cookies -- a cookie brand that dates back to before World War I -- were pulled from store shelves. But fans of the brand, known for its pink and white "Circus Animals" and other cookies, may take comfort in the fact that Kellogg's reintroduced the cookies to the market in May. Kellogg's, which bought the brand's trademarks and original recipes, insists that the cookies will taste the same, but broken-hearted cookie lovers like the ones below may well have the final say.
"I already miss Mother's Cookies. These were a childhood favorite and when coming home from a long day of school, nothing could be better then a cold glass of milk and a plate of Mother's cookies to make the day great again."
-Jon Incerpi, Tampa, Fla.
"Mother's Cookies GONE just like that. We all grew up on these cookies and I do not know what happened. But it seems to me like we are losing that Americana feeling that gets us throught these hard times. Those familar things and places."
-Rose Castro, Riverside, Calif.
Toy retailer KB Toys filed for bankruptcy in December, 2008, and ultimately closed 277 mall stores and 114 outlet stores. The Pittsfield, Mass.-based chain was founded in 1922.
"The reason I miss KB Stores is because ever since I was a child, I would love to go to KB Toys. At the mall, I would run to KB and play with the toys they had in the front entrance. These awesome little bouncing and walking dogs and pigs always made me smile!