Relics of a Bygone Era
Today, it's easy to go on a shopping spree without leaving your couch, but it wasn't long ago that shopping was an event, and heading to a fancy department store might even require getting dressed in your Sunday best. Sadly, many of these iconic retailers have been shuttered, snapped up by competitors, or demolished. And it might be the very e-commerce giant that helped kill them that ends up filling some of the empty spaces they left behind: Amazon is considering opening its own department stores, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 30,000-square-foot stores would be just a fraction of the size of the department stores of yesteryear, though. Here are 19 of the stores we'd love to have a chance to explore one more time.