Yeah, Alex, that Ames has become a joke. They never remained competitive with the Wal-Mart around the corner from them (which I'm assuming is a chain-wide problem). Plus, most of their merchandise was second-rate - a step above the Dollar stores. And to top it all off, I don't ever remember them changing the decor of the store to reflect the times. Despite all off this, I'm kinda sad to see this particular Ames go. Back in the day (late 70's - early 80's) I used to stop there on the way to my grandmother's house in Lyndonville and "persuade" my mom to buy me the most current Star Wars figure in lieu of giving me my allowance that week. Just recently (past few years), I have had some luck there with the harder to find figure du jour (bought my fill of Death Star Troopers there back in '98). So, I guess it's all kinda bittersweet that Ames will be shutting their doors soon.