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« Reply #240 on: February 11, 2014, 08:44:33 PM »

It's a shame they went under around the same time as Montgomery Ward, even though you would think Service with their more modern stores would have had the edge over Wards. Both companies were major catalog retailers. Also, at the same time as Wards was going under, so did Lechters Housewares, which left a lot of empty spaces in malls, albeit much smaller spaces than the Montgomery Ward anchors as they closed.

Wards was more like sears only nicer. Service Merchandise was really different the whole catalog showroom thing was dated by the time they went out. they only had one store by me in the jefferson valley mall that closed in 1999 long before the chain went out the store itself was dated and you had to wait for your item to come out on the conveyer belt
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« Reply #241 on: May 05, 2015, 10:04:22 AM »

It's a shame they went under around the same time as Montgomery Ward, even though you would think Service with their more modern stores would have had the edge over Wards. Both companies were major catalog retailers.

Coincidentally, both were even longtime anchors at the Southgate Shopping Center in Southgate, MI. Service Merchandise took over the old Federal department store there in 1978 and also inherited a water tower behind it, which was repainted into the pre-1985 logo.

When the center was completely remodeled in 1989, they received a new entrance and with it the 1985-1999 logo. It stayed like that all the way through the end. The now-deteriorating water tower was restored and repainted to the following:

SOUTHGATE
(1999-2002 SM logo)


...in 2001, after a campaign by a local elementary school student. The building stood vacant for a couple years before it came down in 2004, with the water tower meeting the same fate in 2005. Except for an area at the northern end of the lot, which was built on by an Old Chicago restaurant, it's still empty today.

Lastly, here's a 2004 News-Herald picture of the demolition. This comes courtesy of the Downriver Things Flickr page.
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« Reply #242 on: September 10, 2015, 12:27:33 PM »

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Originally posted by rjstheiv
Former Service Merchandice in West Mifflin PA.


http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.aspx

That's actually incorrect.  The former West Mifflin Service Merchandise is the PRC building next to that.  I happened to bump into an individual a while ago when I was taking pictures in the area again, and we got to talking.  I originally thought that the SM was the race bar as well, but he told me that the PRC building was the Service Merchandise.






 
And get this, the sign across from Century III mall is till scarred with the Service Merchandise name/logo.



Yep.  I worked in that Service Merchandise location from 1993-96.
It is still a call center, but has changed hands and is now owned by Alorica.

I would love to take a tour and see how they managed to retrofit the interior.
The blue building in the background is now a gym, but was a Chuck-E-Cheese location
when I worked here.  The rusty Service Merchandise sign is STILL on that sign post,
down the hill by Century III Mall, in 2015. 


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« Reply #243 on: January 04, 2016, 01:42:10 PM »

The start of the new year brings to mind one of my LEAST FAVORITE things about working
for Service Merchandise.

It was the fact that they did inventory for every store in the entire chain in early January, around 10 days after Christmas.  We took inventory internally, using our own employees, and did not engage third-party inventory companies like RGIS.

This meant that after coming through an exhausting retail Christmas, and the hectic week of post-Christmas returns, you STILL did not get a breather, as immediately you had to prep your store for inventory.  There was virtually NO break in the 70 hour weeks between Thanksgiving and mid-January, by which time you were pretty much exhausted to the point of dropping over.

All you could do was pray that they did not spring a major replannogramming on you over the summer that would have you working these kind of hours as well.
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« Reply #244 on: July 17, 2017, 01:33:47 PM »

MeTV is getting nostalgic about Catalog Showrooms today.

http://www.metv.com/lists/7-catalog-showrooms-you-will-never-shop-again

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