From video rental stores to mall outlets, Utah County has said goodbye to a handful of businesses this year, despite the area's continuing growth. Orem's University Place got hit especially hard with several businesses closing their doors at the mall.
Here are 12 businesses in Utah County that sadly went out of business in 2019.
Let us know in the comments if we're missing any.
Shopko (Orem and Spanish Fork)
2019 wasn't Shopko's year. The Orem store at 125 S. State St. closed in March, and the Spanish Fork store at 955 N. Main St. followed soon after in April.
Gymboree Outlet, a children's clothing store, was open to the community in Lehi's Outlets at Traverse Mountain up until this year. The closure was part of a national shutdown for the company.
Crazy 8, another children's clothing store, closed its doors this year at the University Place mall in Orem.
Ridley's had two grocery stores in Orem before going out of business in April.
Fanzz Sports Apparel had two locations in Utah County before both closed down in March. One in Provo and one in Orem, the store specialized in college sports merchandise.
Gracie Lou's Quilt Shop
Located in Salem, Gracie Lou’s Quilt Shoppe has a wide selection of fabric and patterns. The…
Gracie Lou's Quilt Shop in Salem specialized in — you guessed it — quilting materials. After almost 11 years in business, the store closed on Feb. 28.
New to You
New To You, a Payson thrift store on Main Street, shut its doors in February.
As one of University Place's anchor stores, Macy's department store closure this summer made a big impact. The empty building once housing the store can currently be seen in the middle of demolishment. It opened in 2006.
“We have greatly enjoyed our long relationship with Macy’s. They will be leaving our center this year at the end of their lease term,” said Randy Woodbury, president of Woodbury Corporation, on behalf of University Place. “We are underway with plans for additional redevelopment of the west side of University Place and we look forward to providing further information about these plans in the coming months.”
National chain Dressbarn closed all 650 stores, including one in Orem. The retailer announced in May that it would be closing its doors.
Charming Charlie, the fashion accessories store known for its color-coordinated jewelry stands, closed its bright pink doors at University Place in Orem on Aug. 31.
Larsen Video was the last movie-rental store in Utah County, according to the business's owner. It finally succumbed to the advances of entertainment technology and shut down in August.
Naylor Auto, a family-owned used car dealership in Provo, went out of business in August after 103 years of business. After being taken over from generation to generation in the Naylor family, Greg Baum took over in 1981 and made the bittersweet decision this year to close the business for good.