Upcycling, reinventing and repurposing—everything and anything can contribute to a building’s new shiny life. Converting buildings is quite common and sometimes the change is quite radical: a gym that previously was a church, a mall that was converted into a school, or a Target turned Walmart. This one group on Reddit called /r/NotFoolingAnybody that has 21.2k members is dedicated to “photos of buildings that have been converted to other uses, yet still strongly resemble their former use.”

And deliberately or not, the new management chooses to recycle some details, like using the letters from the font of the previous business and sometimes even keeping the same logos. The funniest thing is that you can often tell that the masterminds repurposing the building or sign either had too much wit or too little fantasy. Either way, it’s pretty entertaining and below are the best examples of that, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite ones.

More info: Reddit

#1

Former KFC In Maiden, Nc Now A Mexican Restaurant. Col. Sanders Is Now Col. Sanchez

Former KFC In Maiden, Nc Now A Mexican Restaurant. Col. Sanders Is Now Col. Sanchez

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Susan Green
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5 months ago

Lol!!

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Even though a place is converted to an urgent care center, the building decoration is still definitely reminiscent of a hut that used to sell pizza, and a church in this town adorned with UV lights and no more crosses is repurposed to be a nightclub. Usually the shape of the building that used to be a brand that follows the company’s specs is the main giveaway, but it also seems that some of the new owners of the places couldn't be bothered to remove the previous logos.

#2

Blockbuster Got Converted To A Book Store

Blockbuster Got Converted To A Book Store

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Kane_The_Corathian
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5 months ago

I like the name. BookBuster lol

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What is really impressive is the repurposing of shopping malls into schools, which, when you really think about it, can make perfect sense as there are large communal areas and what used to be retail shops that can serve as different classrooms. And what student wouldn’t like to have escalators to go from one floor to another?

#3

Dead Mall Turned Into College Building. Stores Were Converted Into Classrooms

Dead Mall Turned Into College Building. Stores Were Converted Into Classrooms

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Sarah Simons
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5 months ago

This would be an interesting college to go to

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Quite a few submissions by people are pictures of former gas stations and car washes. Businesses such as Dunkin Doughnuts or Starbucks are taking advantage of the parts of the building that are suitable for a convenient drive thru. And let’s face it, going into an old flamboyant Art Deco building that is now a Walgreens definitely makes you feel at least a tiny bit more sophisticated.

#4

Church In My Local Town Converted Into A Nightclub

Church In My Local Town Converted Into A Nightclub

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Ryan Deschanel
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5 months ago

It's a little sad.

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#5

This CVS In An Old Bank

This CVS In An Old Bank

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Liam Voss
Community Member
5 months ago

Noice

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#6

A Bank Converted To Mcdonalds

A Bank Converted To Mcdonalds

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Tracy Danis
Community Member
5 months ago

Classy

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#7

A Church Converted To A Grocery Store

A Church Converted To A Grocery Store

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
5 months ago

Get your holy water for $3.99

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#8

A Former Cricket Wireless Is Now A Chicken Restaurant

A Former Cricket Wireless Is Now A Chicken Restaurant

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

Every penny counts.

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#9

Church Turned Into A Gym

Church Turned Into A Gym

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Liam Voss
Community Member
5 months ago

Let the miracle of buffness shine on you!

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#10

Former Gas Station, Turned Into A Subway With Outdoor Seating - Gypsum, Co

Former Gas Station, Turned Into A Subway With Outdoor Seating - Gypsum, Co

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I Wish I Were Jesse Tuck
Community Member
5 months ago

that looks cursed

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#11

Taco Bell --> Law Office

Taco Bell --> Law Office

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
5 months ago

Hi I would have 4 chicken fajitas please

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#12

Former Woolworths, Now A Walgreens. It Feels Like A Happy Accident That The Historic "W" Letter Still Works For The Building.

Former Woolworths, Now A Walgreens. It Feels Like A Happy Accident That The Historic "W" Letter Still Works For The Building.

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

I miss Woolworths and Newberry's -they weren't high class but were fun.

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#13

Dunkin’ Doughnuts Drive Thru In A Former Gas Station Car Wash.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts Drive Thru In A Former Gas Station Car Wash.

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
5 months ago

Do they do drive thrus??

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#14

Church Converted To A Tattoo Parlor

Church Converted To A Tattoo Parlor

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Emily Rayner _ Student - JoynerES
Community Member
5 months ago

Come and get your holy tattoo

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#15

This Starbucks Drive-Thru In An Old Car Wash

This Starbucks Drive-Thru In An Old Car Wash

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Happy Daihatsu
Community Member
5 months ago

Don't be rude to employees or you'll be getting a Grande chunk of soap in your Vegan Non-Fat Chai Tea Latte Mocha Frappuccino Macchiato

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#16

The Local College Bought A Walmart

The Local College Bought A Walmart

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surprised pikachu
Community Member
5 months ago

This is more common than you think. In my area we have a charter school in an old home depot.

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#17

House Converted To Burger King - Columbus, Ga

House Converted To Burger King - Columbus, Ga

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RustyLion Bro
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually, it's cool

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#18

A Former Burger King Listed Online As A Townhouse

A Former Burger King Listed Online As A Townhouse

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
5 months ago

I WANT TO LIVE HERE

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#19

An Old Paint Store Converted To A Dvd Store

An Old Paint Store Converted To A Dvd Store

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I Wish I Were Jesse Tuck
Community Member
5 months ago

that looks quite cool

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#20

Former Hot Topic Now Veterans Museum Denton, Tx

Former Hot Topic Now Veterans Museum Denton, Tx

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Becky Klebe
Community Member
5 months ago

If the mall gets decent foot traffic, a museum like this might get more visitors than it would as a stand-alone. If my local mall had something like this, I'd go in.

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#21

Amazing

Amazing

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The_fox_girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh no...

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#22

The Owners Ended Their Quiznos Franchise But Wanted To Run A Sandwich Shop Still

The Owners Ended Their Quiznos Franchise But Wanted To Run A Sandwich Shop Still

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Liam Voss
Community Member
5 months ago

*Suzi Q song intensifies*

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#23

This CVS In Dc Used To Be A Movie Theater

This CVS In Dc Used To Be A Movie Theater

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Sista of the moon
Community Member
5 months ago

Ive walked by this!!!!!!!!! It’s very familiar.....

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#24

Former Movie Theatre, Now A Library

Former Movie Theatre, Now A Library

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Joseph E Fasciani
Community Member
5 months ago

Absolutely perfect: this looks as flawless as the above Walgreens.

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#25

An Orthodontist's Office Used To Be A Blockbuster - Hinesville, Ga

An Orthodontist's Office Used To Be A Blockbuster - Hinesville, Ga

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Joseph E Fasciani
Community Member
5 months ago

I hope they straighten teeth better than their signage.

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#26

A Wendy's In A Former Bank, Location Unknown

A Wendy's In A Former Bank, Location Unknown

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The_fox_girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Lol a 'posh' wendys

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#27

Hah! Can't Fool Me. That Used To Be A Taco B...wait

Hah! Can't Fool Me. That Used To Be A Taco B...wait

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A U T O P H O B I A
Community Member
5 months ago

What...

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#28

Nickelodeon Studios! It Has Been Painted Over But You Can Still Tell What It Used To Be

Nickelodeon Studios! It Has Been Painted Over But You Can Still Tell What It Used To Be

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I Wish I Were Jesse Tuck
Community Member
5 months ago

thats sad :(

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#29

Hollywood Video Converted To A Furniture Store

Hollywood Video Converted To A Furniture Store

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Liam Voss
Community Member
5 months ago

discount? Yea right.

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#30

An Old Hollywood Video Is Now Hollywood Smokin'

An Old Hollywood Video Is Now Hollywood Smokin'

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Liam Voss
Community Member
5 months ago

sounds like a good tv show. Hollywood Smokers!

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#31

This Dominos In My Home Town Of Keyser Wv Was A Phillip's 66 Gas Station And Garage In The Early 80's

This Dominos In My Home Town Of Keyser Wv Was A Phillip's 66 Gas Station And Garage In The Early 80's

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The_fox_girl
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The food might be disgusting.. Jk jk jk pls don't get angry

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#32

KFC Converted To Thai Restaurant

KFC Converted To Thai Restaurant

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The_fox_girl
Community Member
5 months ago

Goodbye KFC. R.I.P

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#33

Former Target Turned Into A Walmart, They Painted The Target Orbs Yellow Instead Of Removing Them

Former Target Turned Into A Walmart, They Painted The Target Orbs Yellow Instead Of Removing Them

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Baby Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

i love vaulting over the target balls lol i will never get too old for it

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#34

Old Hollister Now A Book Store

Old Hollister Now A Book Store

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Tracy Danis
Community Member
5 months ago

That would have terrible lighting for reading

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#35

Big Woodys Sports Bar (Bethlehem, Pa)

Big Woodys Sports Bar (Bethlehem, Pa)

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Joseph E Fasciani
Community Member
5 months ago

It's perfect, absolutely perfect. One stop, slop till ya drop! Ya gotta love it all.

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#36

Classic Movie Theater Converted Into A Walgreens

Classic Movie Theater Converted Into A Walgreens

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Joseph E Fasciani
Community Member
5 months ago

Movies are the masses medicines.

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#37

Dollar Tree In A Former Church, Location Unknown

Dollar Tree In A Former Church, Location Unknown

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Susan Green
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh no. This just seems so wrong.

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#38

Taboo Adult Superstore, Formerly Taco Bell

Taboo Adult Superstore, Formerly Taco Bell

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Ploploplop
Community Member
5 months ago

Spicy.

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#39

This Used To Be A Majestic Liquor Store. The New Owners Really Stretched Themselves With This One.

This Used To Be A Majestic Liquor Store. The New Owners Really Stretched Themselves With This One.

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Community Member
5 months ago

i dont get it

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#40

Somebody Named Kg Bought A Local Gas Station

Somebody Named Kg Bought A Local Gas Station

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Owen Purdy
Community Member
5 months ago

They ran out of money for the sign!!

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