Remember department stores? This awesome '80s commercial for Zayre's will take you back to the mall days in the Mall City: Kalamazoo.

Classic TV Today! via YouTube
Classic TV Today! via YouTube

Long before superstores like Walmart and Target, there were department stores like Zayre. When you needed toothpaste, tennis balls, or towels- a coffeemaker, shoes, yarn, a big wheel or a calculator watch you went to Zayre's on West Main in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazooans (Kalamazooites?) recollect this demise of Zayre's, the Fun Factory and West Main Mall itself along with neighboring Maple Hill Mall on the retail history blog Labelscar. Share your Kalamazoo memories of Zayre's, West Main and Maple Hill malls in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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