Why Are Filene's Basement and Syms Going Bye-Bye?

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The economy is so rotten that even discount stores are going under!

But the real reason for Filene's and Syms going bankrupt, according to this article, is that larger department stores have started carrying the same brands that they do, so they've become largely irrelevant and nearly obsolete.

This is the same thing that's happened to gay bookstores, and then all bookstores, not to mention local drugstores, coffee shops, delis, and other mom-and-pop operations.

Their specialness became co-opted by more sprawling operations as their sense of purpose got absorbed into the mainstream (and in some cases, the Internet), unable to compete when the big guys started offering a lot of the same services.

Chain stores have been decimated by larger chain stores as medium-budget charm gets steamrolled in favor of big-scale efficiency operating on larger chunks of real estate.

Bye-bye, Basement!

I'm so upset I'm going to have to run to Duane Reade and get some medication.

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tony adams
tony adams

You could cut a bitch over a cashmere sweater at the original Filene's Basement in Boston and know that it was worth it. Downhill since then.

There is hope. The escalators of the new Century21 on the UWS are the cruisiest place in Manhattan.


We're all doomed to streets lined with banks, chain drug stores, and nail salons. 


I think H&M is having a hard time too, no? Maybe they opened too many outlets. The discount stores thought this was their moment to cash in and opened everywhere, putting themselves out of business.


If Bed, Bath ever goes buh bye, I'll be beside myself.