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Four Stores Make a Comeback, Did Your Favorite Make the List?

If you thought these brands were long gone, think again. The once-popular brands that fell victim to online shopping and market changes were forced to shut down. But, not everything stays gone forever and as some corporations look to breathe new life into their business options, what was old is new and those long gone brands are coming back! Here are four that are making a comeback

1. Gymboree

The Children’s Place announced in October that it’s bringing back Gymboree as a website and a “shop-in-a-shop” in more than 200 of its stores next year. Children’s Place spent $76 million to reboot the brand. Theis go around, Gymboree will be more digitally focused and promises to offer free shipping through its new app.

2. Toys ‘R’ Us

Toys ‘R’ Us went out of business in the United States in 2018. But it’s coming back under new ownership with major changes. The new locations will be significantly smaller than their predecessors with “interactive and playground-like environments.” The relaunch will begin with just two stores in New Jersey and Texas before the holidays. Toys ‘R’ Us stores still operate in Canada, Europe, Asia and India.

3. FAO Schwarz

Its most famous location in New York’s Fifth Avenue closed in 2015 after all of its other stores closed. It is now owned by ThreeSixty Group, which also owns Sharper Image, and has opened a 20,000-square-foot store at 30 Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. There are plans to open FAO Schwarz spots in airports.

4. American Apparel

American Apparel had nearly 200 stores open worldwide before it filed for bankruptcy in 2016. The brand was revived last year by Gildan Activewear in a physical store in Los Angeles.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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