Last month we reported that we might be seeing the return of a popular department store in the Capital Region. To date there has been much speculation but little definitive information regarding this once prominent retail giant. Now that February has arrived we can shed a little more light on the store's return.

If the rumors are true you could start to see Ames department store popping up around the Capital Region and Upstate New York.

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According to the Official Twitter Account for Ames, the store's parent company SKG have released new information and answered some frequently asked questions as an update to the return of Ames.

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1. Is Ames Department Stores, Inc. coming back?

  • Short answer is YES!
  • Ames remains vague as to where and when but is committed to offer products through their online store.

2. Will there be physical brick & mortar locations?

  • Short answer is YES!
  • Ames is vague on this one as well but promises announcements this month and we will keep you posted as this develops. As the grand opening dates become available, Ames will also post them on their website and social media.
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3. Once announced, how soon can we expect the new Ames locations to open?

  • Grand opening dates will vary for each location. Ames is suggesting that the earliest openings could be in March.

4. Will Ames occupy abandoned store locations or build new?

  • Ames is exploring the possibility of renovating and repurposing old, dilapidated Ames locations. It looks like the stores will be in new locations however. 

In it's best years Ames had approximately 700 locations in 20 different states, making it the 4th largest discount retailer in the United States. Keep checking back for updates and remember, "you can believe in Ames"!

A Look Inside Abandoned Ames Department Store in NY

This former Ames is located in Horseheads, NY, in the state's Southern Tier between Elmira and the Finger Lakes. What makes it unique is the fact that sign and external design of the store still remain. In fact, the power still works in the building - as these urban explorers found out when they were making their way through the building.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

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