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Century 21 is Going Out of Business

I discovered the Century 21 Department Store in the late 1990s. I was in college at the time, and enjoyed visiting NYC. On one of those trips, I visited the World Trade Center ... and just across the street was this store I'd never heard of before, Century 21. I was familiar with Century 21 Real Estate, but Century 21 Department Store?!

My curiosity got the best of me and I went in. It was such a cool place. I love shopping for clothes and discovering great deals, so this place was an incredible find ... high-end fashion brands (many I'd never even heard of before) at incredible deals. I was hooked!

Then, when they expanded into NJ, where a lot of my relatives live, I was ecstatic! Every trip to my relatives would inevitably mean a trip to Century 21.

So, when I received an email yesterday, titled "Century 21 Stores: Going Out of Business Sale!" ... my heart sank. So many cool clothes finds, so many fun trips into NYC, so many memories ... was this really the end of an era?

Turns out it was.

Now, when I bring my kids into NYC, I won't be able to take them to the FAO Schwarz Store, or the World Trade Center, and now the Century 21 Department Store.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all the advancements we've made in technology, and online shopping. Unfortunately, that progress does come at a price. But it wasn't just progress that led to Century 21's demise, it was this pandemic we're all enduring ...

"Given our last six decades of offering devoted customers the best blend of luxury and value, it is all the more difficult to share with you that we will soon be closing our doors. This unfortunate news comes after doing everything we could to save our business from the devastating effects of COVID-19. Sadly, while we have extensive business interruption insurance — which helped us to rebuild after we suffered the impact of 9/11 — nonpayment by our insurers under our policies has forced us to begin a wind down process that we fought hard to avoid."
- The Gindi Family

So, if you happen to be close to a Century 21 Store location, or you'll be visiting an area that has a store, I encourage you to check-out this institution that's become an important part of my life, and many others, before its no longer here. If not, you can experience

Wishing you all the best!


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