Mother's Cookies almost made the AOL list. But the Kellogg Company recently announced it will be buying the maker of the pink and white frosted animal cookies, thus saving it from extinction. So who and what did end up making our list of most recent Departures?
Joseph Schmidt Chocolates: The specialty chocolatier, which was bought by Hershey's in 2005, will shut down after June.
The Rainbow Room: The famed Rainbow Room, which opened in 1934 in New York, will close its restaurant on January 11 because of the weak economy. A space on a lower floor will remain open for weekend dinner-dancing sessions and banquets.Source: AOL
Tom Mathison, Populizer of Produce Stickers: The next time you peel one of those tiny stickers off a fruit purchase, you can remember Tom Mathison, founder of Stemilt Growers and the first man to use produce stickers on a commercial scale, who died December 26.
Polaroid introduced its first instant camera in 1948. Its revenue peaked in 1991 at nearly $3 billion. But by 2001, the company had gone into bankruptcy. The increased popularity of digital cameras led Polaroid to plan for the exit of traditional film in all formats and sizes. It will halt production in 2008. (Source: AOL)
In Oct. 2008, MillerCoors LLC announced it will discontinue the clear malt beverage Zima, introduced by Coors Brewing Co. in 1992, due to "challenging malternative segment sales and declining consumer interest."
The company that bears the name of designer Bill Bass is closing its doors according to an announcement on December 17.The label was put up for sale earlier this year by its parent company, NexCen Brands Inc., which announced in May that it was facing a severe cash squeeze.(Source: AOL)
Arena Football League (AFL):Founded in 1987 as an American Football indoor league, the league grew in popularity through the years, but the increase was accompanied by greatly increased expenses and debt that led to the league to announce in December that it was suspending operations for 2009.(Source: AOL)
In October, American Girl officially announced plans to say farewell to Samantha Parkington, one of the company's original historical characters introduced in 1986. (Source: AOL)
CD Sales at Starbucks: The firm revealed that the amount of traffic flowing through its U.S. stores fell during the fourth quarter -- its first dip since the company began disclosing the figure three years ago. (Source: AOL)
The Kinko's Name: In June, FedEx Corporation announced it would change the name of FedEx Kinko's, to FedEx Office. (Source: AOL)
Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper: Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper was introduced as a limited edition flavor on November 21, 2007. Although it had its fans, and was credited as tasting exactly like you would think it would, the flavor was discontinued in April 2008.
Taco Bellâs Volcano Taco: According to Rob Poetsch at Taco Bell, the Volcano Taco was a limited time offer which is a common way Taco Bell markets new products. Alas, all good things must come to an end and the fast-food industryâs spiciest taco has been discontinued.
Crown Pilot, manufactured by Nabisco, was a brand of cracker popular in much of New England. The cracker was discontinued once in 1996.After the outcry, the company resumed production in 1997. In 2008, The Famous Chowder Cracker bid its final farewell due to drops in the sales of the product. (Source: AOL)
Smokey Chipotle Crispy Fried Chicken: In May 2008, KFC added its third fried chicken flavor to the menu -- Smoky Chipotle Crispy. The new flavor joined Colonel Sanders' Original Recipe as well as the Extra Crispy flavor. It was discontinued in August. (Source: AOL)
Linens 'n Things: In October, the bankrupt retailer said it plans to close all of its 317 remaining store nationwide. The New Jersey-based company had already closed 218 stores earlier this year. The closure notice came after the retailer was unable to find a buyer for the remaining stores. (Source: AOL)
Sharper Image filed for bankruptcy protection in February, with plans to shut about half of its 184 stores and reorganize. The new owners announced in June that they plan to close all of its remaining stores. (Source: AOL)
Steve & Barry's: At the end of November, this casual apparel shop announced it will be closing all remaining 173 of its stores across the country. The action follows an initial closing of 97 stores after the chain was acquired in August by two investment firms.(Source: AOL)
Lehman Brothers & Bear Stearns:Founded in 1850 by Henry Lehman, the firm was one the leading names on Wall Street until its amazing collapse in 2008. (Source: AOL)
Bye-Bye to 25 Banks: According to the FDIC's Failed Bank List, there were 25 bank failures in 2008, as of Dec. 12. Washington Mutual and IndyMac Bank were two of the biggest banks to go under. For comparison, there were 3 bank failures in 2007, and none in 2006 and 2005. (Source: AOL)
DHL in the U.S.: DHL, the German global shipping giant, will stop shipping within the United States on the ground and in the air, effective Jan. 30, 2009. All of DHL's 18 U.S. hubs will close. (Source: AOL)
With high gas prices, poor economic situations, and contracts being lost due to companies becoming financially insolvent, airlines such as ATA Airlines and Aloha Airlines have not only been collapsing, but going bankrupt. (Source: AOL)
A few cars that have recently been shutdown globally include the Yugo, Dodge Durango Hybrid, Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Mercury Sable, and Ford Taurus X. (Source: AOL)
Olsson's Books and Records: On September 30th, 2008, Olsson Enterprises, Inc. closed stores and petitions court for Chapter 7 conversion. The reasons given were stagnant sales, low cash reserves, and an inability to renegotiate current leases, along with a continuing weak retail economy and plummeting music sales. (Source: AOL)
Domain Furniture: Domain is just one of many furniture chains that folded in 2008 as the economy weakened and furniture sales plunged nationwide. (Source: AOL)
Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium are two sports grounds that have closed down in 2008 along with Texas Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys played for almost 40 years. (Source: AOL)
Retired Sports Stars: Morten Andersen, Dominik Hasek, ,Justine Henin, Bob Knight, Greg Maddux,Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza,Warren Sapp,Annika Sorenstam. (Source: AOL)