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Remembering Mervyn’s

All these closures lately of long-time retail chains like Wet Seal, American Apparel, & more got us feeling nostalgic. It got us thinking about about a Bay Area-based department store that we used to see all over the Bay. We’re talking about Mervyn’s.

HAYWARD, CA - OCTOBER 17:  The parking lot at the Mervyn's headquarters is seen empty October 17, 2008 in Hayward, California. Mervyn's, a popular department store chain, announced today that it will close its doors and liquidate its 149 stores with huge "going out of business" sales. The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July of this year.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

HAYWARD, CA – OCTOBER 17: The parking lot at the Mervyn’s headquarters is seen empty October 17, 2008 in Hayward, California. Mervyn’s, a popular department store chain, announced today that it will close its doors and liquidate its 149 stores with huge “going out of business” sales. The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July of this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What happened to the Hayward-based company? We’re glad you asked.

The company filed for bankruptcy in July 2008 and was completely closed by the end of that year.

A man carries a liquidation advertisement for Mervyn's department store in an outdoor shopping complex in Glendale, California on December 8, 2008.  The 59-year old chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of July, but turnaround efforts proved untenable so the California-based chain decided to liquidate and close its remaining 149 stores.  AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A man carries a liquidation advertisement for Mervyn’s department store in an outdoor shopping complex in Glendale, California on December 8, 2008. The 59-year old chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of July, but turnaround efforts proved untenable so the California-based chain decided to liquidate and close its remaining 149 stores. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

There were good days, though. Remember when it was rebranded as “Mervyn’s California” from 1995-2001?

They switched back to just “Mervyn’s” after 2001 and in the coming years many locations outside of California started to close. More closed over the next few years before the company filed for bankruptcy in July of 2008.

HAYWARD, CA - OCTOBER 17:  The exterior of a Mervyn's store is seen October 17, 2008 in Hayward, California. Mervyn's, a popular department store chain, announced today that it will close its doors and liquidate its 149 stores with huge "going out of business" sales. The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July of this year.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

HAYWARD, CA – OCTOBER 17: The exterior of a Mervyn’s store is seen October 17, 2008 in Hayward, California. Mervyn’s, a popular department store chain, announced today that it will close its doors and liquidate its 149 stores with huge “going out of business” sales. The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July of this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After shutting down, the Morris family, who bought back the intellectual rights to the Mervyn’s name in 2009, said they would rebuild Mervyn’s as an online-only enterprise.

Doesn’t appear they were successful in doing so.

RIP Mervyn’s, hard to believe it’s been 8+ years since you left us.

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