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« on: May 03, 2006, 05:53:11 PM »

The Ames store that i visited the most will finally be gone by the end of the year.  The former Zayre/Ames will be totally renovated and will become a Christmas Tree Shops with Bed,Bath & Beyond.  

The store has been vacant since the 2002 closing and i had time to snap many pictures of it.  While most of the 22 stores in Maine were converted into supermarkets and other stores, it remained available.

Here is a picture of the inside now.  Everything that was left inside is gone and the interior has been gutted.
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 08:41:19 AM »

The mall entrance is now boarded up.  I wish i could save that small red logo....!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2006, 01:53:09 AM »

That logo is a great find and if it were up to me, I would contact whoever manages the mall and see if they could arrange to let you have it.  Since it will be taken down anyway and thrown out, they could at least consider it or direct you to who could make the decision.

Please keep in touch and let me know if you are able to get it.  Good luck!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006, 04:21:23 PM »

That's funny, when Zayre88 first sent me this pic weeks ago I also had the same idea and tried contacting the company that owns the lease.  They never got back to me... :(
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2006, 04:36:47 PM »

They probably would not want to waste time in saving this and put it in a safe place...  Maybe it will remain there for a while because the work is inside at this moment.  Bed,Bath & Beyond will be the store using that wall and Christmas Tree Shops will be in the left part of the old Ames.  I even wonder if they'll keep that mall entrance to BB&B...  That small red Ames logo is a gem!
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2006, 01:26:27 AM »

I would continue to try contacting both the leasing company for the mall and also the realtor.  Someone is still responsible for making sure the store is not vandalized, etc. and I feel sure that they would care less if you were take a little piece of history.

Please keep us posted...........

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006, 07:23:52 PM »

The local newspaper could not reach the owners of the mall for their comments about the recent acts of vandalism at the store.  I bet we can't reach them for that, but it's now probably too late.  The store has been entirely gutted, the front wall is wide open.  Here's a picture of late june 2006.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006, 07:26:21 PM »

You can see what happened to that office trailer at the store.  In that picture we can see the "Available" banner still in place.  It gives you an idea on much of the front entrance is left...

(Picture from theKennebec Journal www.kjonline.com)
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006, 10:57:07 AM »

Bad news, the red Ames logo is gone!  Most of the store is gone too.  Christmas Tree Shops and Bed Bath & Beyond are taking shape.  The building lost it's Ames/Zayre exterior style.  It's quite clear that the new stores won't have a mall entrance.

But...  underneath that small Ames logo is a unique and rare labelscar of the former Zayre store!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2006, 01:45:41 PM »

Nice find Zayre!!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2006, 04:45:50 PM »

From Ames to CTS and BB&B in Augusta.  The only original thing left is a small brick wall where the "Available" banner was.  You can also see the "labelscar" of the fire bell on the side of the store.  They built a new wall over the Ames/Zayre wall.
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2006, 03:24:35 PM »

So it is going to be turned into a Christmas Tree Shop! I was at that mall, 2 summers ago.
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2006, 09:15:30 AM »

The store is now open.  Here is a view from across the Interstate.  Christmas Tree Shops and Bed,Bath & Beyond in the former Ames space...
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2006, 01:01:58 PM »

Thank you for documenting that transformation so well.  It is sad that you could not "preserve" the old Ames lettering.  At least you have it documents via pictures and this great web sight.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 08:29:44 PM »

Wait, wait, wait, I was there as early as 2007/2008. Cool
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