I think about this stuff a lot, probably because I treasured certain stores as a kid and as an adult I've worked in several of them.
Here in Hamilton, a few of the malls have been ripped down in favour of big individual stores grouped together. In most cases,
it was time for something to be done. The Centre Mall, for instance, was in sad shape. It had been home to one of the oldest
Sears locations in Canada. I actually worked there while they were moving to Eastgate Square (Another mall on the decline,
particularly now that Walmart has departed). Being behind the scenes in that old Sears was very interesting, despite the
asbestos abatement going in various sections. It really was a time capsule.
Another store chain that I miss is Towers, especially the Aldershot location in Burlington. It's gone now, with condos coming
up on the empty lot. One day I should buy a condo there as close to where I think the toy section was located. Instead of
Poltergeists it will be haunted by legions Mego Mxyzptlks that languished on clearance until a manager hid them in the deepest
regions of the stockroom. They are probably still in the ground there!
Here is a link to a great site about Towers!