If you were a kid in the 80's and 90's, you were most likely also a bit of a mall rat! The old Clearwater Mall was torn down and in it's place is a HUGE outdoor shopping center with a Lowes, PetSmart, Target superstore, Ross and many more in this 75 acre shopping center. Take a step back in time below as you remember the old Clearwater Mall
Kay Bee Toys!
When hanging with your friends at the mall, you probably made a stop at Kay Bee Toys to browse and set off all of the annoying loud toys and then leave before the manager made you leave. The growth of Toy R Us and financial issues for Kay Bee resulted in a bankruptcy. Rumors started circling around that Kay Bee would be back with the closing of Toy's R US, only time will tell.
GameStop traces its roots to Babbage's, a Dallas, Texas-based software retailer founded in 1984 by former Harvard Business School classmates James McCurry and Gary M. Kusin. The company was named after Charles Babbage and opened its first store in Dallas' NorthPark Center with the help of Ross Perot, an early investor in the company. The company quickly began to focus on video game sales for the then-dominant Atari 2600. Babbage's began selling Nintendo games in 1987. The company went public in 1988. By 1991, video games accounted for two-thirds of Babbage's sales.