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Things Remembered

Things Remembered is a mall based chain offering gifts and custom engraving. I purchased several engraved items through the years to commemorate anniversaries and special events.

Things Remembered filed chapter 11 in 2019. News reports say they closed most of their stores. Further reports say that a company called Enesco bought the chain and that about 150 stores will remain open.

Corporate History

The company was founded by Joseph Cole who began his career as a key maker in 1926 for Nat'l Key Co. of Cleveland. He then was hired to create a key division for Curtis Industries which offered keys in Sears Parking Lots. Cole then went on to buy out his employers:

The parent company of Things Remembered grew into one of the largest eye wear stores. Luxottica bought the parent company but spun off Things Remembered which fell into decline.

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  1. Case University - Cole National Corporation (Drawn 2/12/2019)
  2. Wikipedia - Things Remembered (Drawn 2/12/2019)
  3. Chicago Tribune - Madison Dearborn Partners buys Things Remembered (Drawn 2/12/2019)

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