was a US shopping television network
. It was the spin-off channel to the Home Shopping Network
(HSN). On April 3
, America's Store ceased broadcasting permanently.
America's Store (AS) began in 1988 as the Home Shopping Club Overnight Service
, which aired on broadcast stations around the USA from midnight to 9am and, in particular, on WWOR-TV
from 3am to 6am in the New York City
metro area. In 1989, HSN purchased a number of low-power TV
stations and began operating the service 24 hours a day as Home Shopping SPREE
. In 1997, the name was changed again to America's Jewelry Store
to reflect a switch to selling exclusively jewelry. This incarnation met with limited success, so in 1998, the selection was expanded to include all of HSN's inventory categories, and the word jewelry was removed from the network's name. In 2003, AS was added to the DirecTV
The low-power TV stations owned by HSN with partners and affiliated companies were located in every major metropolitan market - including a transmitter atop the World Trade Center until September 11, 2001.
Much of the merchandise presented by AS was "distressed" inventory from HSN, so the prices were usually dropped until liquidated or removed from air.
Interestingly, competitor QVC had a spin-off channel called "Q2", which only lasted during the mid-1990s. Following Barry Diller's exit from QVC and purchase of HSN many former Q2 employees followed him to HSN and America's Store.
Home shopping hosts
that appeared on America's Store at the time of its closure included (in alphabetical order; names in bold
denote hosts also appearing on HSN):