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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 08:56 pm

Dane's Discount ... another casualty among the independents

While I have to admit I've only visited a few times, it is a sad thing to see that Dane's Discount (the local incarnation of a 'Big Lots' on steroids store on Stevenson Drive) is closing its doors. Several years (and thousands of concrete benches and lions) into it's tenure in Springfield's retail scene, Dane's was one of those places you could buy huge quantities of toothpaste at bargain prices, any size screwdriver (or a set of 30), a cabinet for your shotguns or the bargain floor tile for that do-it-yourself project in the basement.

Every aisle in the store is packed from top to bottom with an unusual collection of stuff that undoubtedly was purchased as salvage (that is in large quantity at low prices.)   The national retailer Big Lots has many dedicated followers and Dane's certainly did a good job of competing with them in a much broader array of categories.  (It was especially fun to wander among the cement yard ornaments --- Dane's always had an impressive collection including elephants, donkeys, lions and other mammals plus more traditional items as well.  I'll bet they still have a bunch - you should go by and get one for your yard.

Most women I know had some issues with Dane's. (Meaning they weren't as likely to get excited about a trip there as, let's say' Designer Chic or Tuesday Morning) But guys? This is exactly the kind of place a guy loves to wander around - he never seems to think of it as 'shopping' when there is hardware involved. Go figure.

 Most of all it is a drag to learn of another local business closing its doors ... Regrets to Dane and Matt. We're sorry to see you go and hope there is something good on the horizon as the store's final days approach.

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