As I stood close to the front entrance, I could hear the soft cooing of
dozens of birds coming from inside. There is still a sign listing loading hours, and
wooden pallets lie forever waiting outside the building...
visitor witch flosser sent us the following email about Jamesway titled
'still present'... "I work across the
street and this place is still abandoned. It's pretty creepy, esp. at
night. All the local drunks seem to hang out at this spot. The windows
are out and recently there was a rape in the Shoprite Center across the
street. The police did get the guy and I believe he is in jail. I would
caution anyone to never go there at night, esp. on a full moon, and
never go alone. Not a safe area..."
old_486_acer writes, "Jamesway filed for protection
under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in July 1993, emerged from the chapter 11 case in
January 1995 and re-filed for protection under chapter 11in October 1995. Hope this
Our Virtual Scoob Katia reports, "Hi, Shady... This old, abandoned Jamesway was
actually derelict long before it closed it's doors to the public. The store became a
retail slum, partly because it was no longer a desirable place to shop, partly because of
it's location, which became inconvenient, partly because of the downslide of it's
geography. Junkies and drunks and a good share of whores were forever hanging around the
back lot after dark. The bathroom, which was located in the outside entry, was always
occupied by dubious characters, until the management "locked" the door and
restricted it's use. There were actually fights in the store all the time and the
shoddiness and roughness of the place kept customers away. There were crimes in the
parking lot and a shooting or stabbing (can't remember which). It closed years and years
ago, long before the Corporation actually went under. So, Lakewood Jamesway now belongs to
the haunted living who hide in the nighttime shadows of this hollow, abandoned place,
creating their dark, exclusive underworld in the buildings we throw away and forget.
That's the story!" :-)
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