So long, farewell: The major Modesto, valley business and restaurant closings of 2019

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The end of the year — let alone an entire decade — always comes with a little sadness.

This year saw many longtime local businesses say goodbye for good, and national stalwarts shut down their large big box stores.

The so-called “retail apocalypse” was felt in the Central Valley as some well-known national chains faced bankruptcy. Other long-running businesses said farewell. A look at what left us in 2019.


Sears: The iconic American company closed its Modesto location in Vintage Faire Mall the first week of January 2019. Sears had had a store in Modesto for 80 years, first in downtown and then at the north Modesto mall when it opened in 1977. The national chain’s bankruptcy forced the Modesto outlet to close. But, good news, its two-story anchor space at Vintage Faire is being taken over by a Dave & Buster’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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