Saturday, October 24, 2009


Hello, and welcome. Here you will find an ongoing list of the many Saginaw Township area businesses that have CLOSED in the last few years. All of the featured photos were taken From 2006 to 2009. The date of this post will be the last updated date.

Photos not all available, but will update the postings for new CLOSINGS. Its been a tough year for Saginaw.

These are real photos of real businesses that have either closed their doors or are in the process of doing so. Has there ever in the history of Saginaw Township been so many VACANT businesses?

While it is true that not every business can make it, and many do fail. But why are so many long standing businesses in Saginaw closing down recently? Why all the empty buildings? Compare the landscape to Bay City and Midland surrounding areas. Those communities don't seem to have the same effects.

Feel free to post your comments about this site, or about any location closing, or just general opinions about what is happening to the Saginaw area business community. The citizens of this community need to speak up and do something! Contact your local officials and congressmen too. Make a difference!

UPDATE: April 28, 2016
Many years have gone by since the blog was last updated and after seeing the Saginaw community continue to decline, I have decided to work on adding more recent closings and related posts. Stay tuned for more to come!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Oct 2009 update


There have been a number of changes over the summer and this blog is in the process of being updated.

Newly vacant

Princings Pharmacy (State Street)
Carpet World (State Street / Wieneke)
Powerhouse Gym (state street)

Now occupied

Former Chi Chis Building is now a mongolian restaurant *finally occupied
Former Don Pablos location is now Harvey's
Former Dairy Queen (Bay Rd), then Chinese eatery, is now a Baskin Robbins
Former Levis (Bay Rd), then Buffet Max, is now another Chinese place

Eaton - after moving to Mexico it didnt work out and got relocated back to the United States, However, it did not come back to Saginaw, or even Michigan for that matter... sad..

Lets make this a group effort.. If you know of any closings or openings that are not listed here for 2009, please reply to this post and let everyone know.. thanks!

Peace and prosperity to all.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Circuit City Bay Road Saginaw

Saginaw Circuit City

Soon to be CLOSING

ALL NATION WIDE LOCATIONS as Circuit City goes bankrupt.

Located right next to the now empty old Media Play store, we will now add Circuit City to the list of Saginaw closed businesses. This one hit like a ton of bricks and the site was not even on the secret "forecast list". This closing would not be attributed to Saginaw's economy but rather the U.S. economy as a whole since the entire chain is going under. It's a sad time to see that the banks get the bailout, the automotive giants get the bailout, but large retailers that have been around for 60 years.. well you're on your own.

Kinkos Fed Ex Saginaw

Kinkos Fedex Saginaw, Tittabawassee

Another shocker that comes like a wave during same time period of closings by Steve and Barry's and now Circuit City. This one along with those others were busy businesses. They were stores that brought value to the community. Not that restaurants don't but its clear restaurants come and go. These are chain stores that have been in Saginaw for years. We have all been there. Circuit City inspired competition from Best Buy if you went TV shopping. Steve and Barry's let you could get some cool college clothes cheap,, and with Kinkos you could get your copies made, packages shipped, all within one a square block... What more could you ask for??

As the writer of this blog, I have to say this closing was more alarming and disturbing than any of the others. Kinkos bailing out was a huge disappointment to Saginaw business climate.

I spoke with an employee at the office just before it was closing, and they explained their take on the reasoning behind it.

"fedex looked at their sales figures from the last 2 years from July 2006 to July 2008 and they werent where they needed to be, even though the location showed numbers far above average since July 2008."

They ending up closing a several offices nationwide, and 2 from Michigan (the other near Detroit). Kinkos still operates a location in Bay City.

other closings within that square block
(pep boys, don pablos, chi chis, circuit city, buffet max, dairy queen, linens and more)

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Linen's N Things Saginaw

Linen's N Things Saginaw

more info to follow..

Texan Bay Road

Texan Bay Road
CLOSED, and now REOCCUPIED by a Mexican eatery.

This American restaurant located right by the mall has been in operation for a long long time. To see it close down was a shock. But luckily, a restaurant right down the street moved right in. Let's hope that one lasts as long.

Texan on state street still in operation, but has endured some large price hikes over the years.

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Steve and Barry's Saginaw Bay Road

Steve and Barry's Saginaw Bay Road
Fashion Square Mall
CLOSED, now REOCCUPED (with something unknown)

This was another shocker for last quarter 2008. A major retailer to shut its doors and went out of business.

photos coming soon.. (maybe)

Paradise Island Tanning Saginaw State Street

Paradise Island Tanning Saginaw State Street

It lasted a few years and then went out just like all the others in the same strip mall. Left next to it is still the dollar store, a borics, and a sally's beauty supply store.

no photo yet..

Buffet Max

Buffet Max Bay - Road, Saginaw

This location on Bay Road took over the old Levi's Saloon (also listed in blog which moved to state street). Buffet Max survived a couple years, and now out of business. Next door sits another foreign cuisine eatery that went under, formally a thriving Dairy Queen.

photos to come..

Carpetworld Saginaw State Street

Carpetworld State Street Saginaw

On the corner of State and Wieneke this retailer took over the closed CVS building (which erected and lasted a few months til they closed all Michigan locations). Carpetworld survived a few years, and closed it doors at the end of 2008. Another vacant building on a main road in Saginaw.

Photos to come..

Kroger Saginaw State Street

Two Saginaw KROGER locations CLOSED and VACANT

Kroger decided to CLOSE two of its locations and open up a new larger store in the old Farmer Jack location (shown in this blog). Though the business still operates in town, it is still "technically" a closing since we now have 2 more building that are VACANT and are FOR SALE. Add the other Kroger building on Tittabawassee which closed a few years ago and remains vacant.. then subtract the new one and we still have -2, right?)

No photos of any locations yet, as this is a recent development.