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Filene’s Back From the Dead, but Incorporeally September 17, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

I used to swing by the infamous Filene’s Bargain Basement in Boston back in the 80’s – it was always an adventure, and sometimes a harrowing experience. So I was very disappointed to hear that the chain was dissolved after entering bankruptcy.

But now they’re bringing it back:

It was less than four years ago that Filene’s Basement filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to quickly liquidate and close its stores, a victim of a hyper-competitive retail environment that was being dramatically reshaped by fast-growing off-price rivals and the rise of online shopping.

But now, the chain is back from the dead, re-launching next week as an online-only business that will have the familiar mix of home goods and apparel that customers remember from its previous incarnation.

Online? I think they’re missing the point. You can’t get bitten or lose an eye fighting for your bargains online.


1. Jimbro - September 17, 2015

“Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement”

Never saw this but heard it was wild: http://is.gd/5zCR2J

Shopping at Filene’s was about as fancy as it got in my youth.

2. Cathy - September 18, 2015

The first time I ever got to shop at a Filene’s was when I needed suits to start my first job as a systems analyst in management at AT&T SWB circa 1979-1980. It was not a basement — but a spartan storefront in an ugly mini-mall out in West County in St. Louis.

I found a couple of terrific suits that fit me perfectly and were much nicer than anything I had ever worn before in my life — and that was a good thing, but there were no crowds fighting me for those suits.

I feel gypped!! (Can I say that? Is that racist?)

The only time anyone tried to fight me over a purchase was at big department store sale in the Detroit area back in the early 70s. I found a pair of basic penny loafers — real good quality — in my small-foot size. Probably Bass. I held onto them and a little old lady with an unpleasant New York accent approached me and tried to grab them from my hands claiming that she only wanted to try them on. I firmly said NO — that I intended to buy them, but she followed me around for awhile. That was kinda fun!

3. geoff - September 18, 2015

… a little old lady with an unpleasant New York accent…

Is there any other kind?

New York accent, I mean..

4. Cathy - September 18, 2015

…New Jersey?


5. Cathy - September 18, 2015

Also cringe at — but can tolerate Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Fargo. (Good ‘Luteran’ country!!)


6. geoff - September 18, 2015

I meant is there any New York accent other than an unpleasant one?

7. Retired Geezer - September 18, 2015

I had a friend from Philly who called Water, Warder.
I guess that’s not bad, I used to say Warshing Machine.

8. Mark in NJ - September 18, 2015

I’ve actually never heard anyone in NJ say “Joi-zee” in a not-kidding way — but they do say “pee-untz” for pants and “meh-ul” for metal.

9. Retired Geezer - September 19, 2015

That was a spot-on way to spell pee-untz.
I didn’t think so until I said it out loud.

Good job.

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