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Old 04-21-2015, 03:07 AM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Originally Posted by jtab4994 View Post
When Ames went out of business I think Jamesway bought most of their stores. Or do I have that backwards? Anyway they are both gone now, along with Caldor which sold similar stuff to similar people.

I furnished most of my first apartment with stuff from Jamesway on Route 57 in Mansfield Twp, NJ.
My mother and I were trying to think of the name of Jamesway just a couple of days ago!! It's weird we couldn't think of it because the one we were remembering nostalgically was in Jamestown, NY. Our family used to vacation each July at Chautauqua Lake in Western NY. We were from a small town in PA that didn't have all that much shopping unless you drove or took a train 50+ miles to Pittsburgh. So our week in Chautauqua always included a dinner out and then a shopping spree at Jamesway. My parents loved going there and they always let us kids pick out something they would buy us to take home. Dad loved their sporting goods department. That's what Mom and I were reminiscing about the other day. How excited he would be to nab a new golf club at Jamesway. Good times!
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:18 AM
Location: rural south west UK
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:11 AM
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KB Toys - in combination with Orange Julius were the only reasons I wanted to go to the mall!

(I know this is a fashion sub-forum, my inner child couldn't resist)
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by TimTheEnchanter View Post
I remember the cafe at Woolworth's Waikiki
That's really something. Here's Walgreen's Grill (small potatoes compared to that cafe). When you
walked into the store, you had to by-pass part of the store and take the escalators down and would
find this diner (which many people didn't expect in this building).

A few other places that are gone;
B Dalton
Crown Books
FAO Schwartz
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:44 AM
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In New York:

Best & Co
Arnold Constable
B Altman & Co
Bonwit Teller

New England

Jordan Marsh

I hate, hate, hate Macy's!
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:00 AM
Location: Florida
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I also remember in the EARLY 90s there used to be a store in our Mall that sold computer software. I cant remember the name and I was like 6 or so but I remember thinking how dull and boring the store was and that these "computer" things would never be interesting to me....oh how times change.

Also Radio Shack was full of circuit boards and computer chips and wires of all kinds. Not toys and cell phones...
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:20 AM
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D.H. Holmes. As featured in A Confederacy of Dunces! Very missed. New Orleans.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:57 AM
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Burdines and Jordan Marsh

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Old 04-21-2015, 12:16 PM
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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Macy's did a great job of killing off flagship independent department stores, usually just for the high downtown real estate value and not the store themselves. (that told to me by a high ranking Macy's employee I knew when they acquired Wanamaker's in Philly. When it happened, they got so many calls and letters about "were they going to save the famous Wanamaker organ?" that the employee told me they should just throw it away and who cares. Taught me volumes about Macy/Federated as a "caring" company.)
That said, I think most of those stores were on life support by the time Macy's acquired them anyway.
I truly wish Higbee's was still in Cleveland (where Ralphie asked Santa for the BB gun in A Christmas Story movie). And I arrived in town too late for fancy old Halle's (namesake of Cleveland's Halle Berry). But I've been in the building. Halle Berry is as beautiful as Halle's the store once was, from the looks of it.
Thank god Nordstrom's is still hanging on in select cities. Not many old school department stores left. We've truly changed as a shopping and retail culture.
And the late great downtown location of Ball Stores in Muncie, Indiana. Great childhood memory of a classy old store.
All this talk makes me want to watch an old episode of "Are You Being Served?"

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Old 04-21-2015, 12:35 PM
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Ben Franklin 5&10
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