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Old 11-04-2017, 06:23 AM
 
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Given that this isn’t as common, what are some small cities/towns with department stores located in its Downtown? This is an example of what I am referring to: https://locations.boscovs.com/ny/bin...-court-st.html

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Old 11-04-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Macy's in Burlington, VT
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Terramaria
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It was much more common prior to the 1970s to have them. Many of these small cities/towns have remnants of their existence, and generally speaking, they were usually quite a bit smaller than the modern stores found in shopping malls. For example, Ellicott City, MD had Caplan's on Main Street open over a century ago, and although the building is now vacant, the historic sign still stands. It was a good place for essentials if you didn't need to travel to the big city.
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Old 11-04-2017, 01:46 PM
 
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Binghamton has some sort of department store in its downtown
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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Binghamton has some sort of department store in its downtown
Yes, Boscovís is mentioned in the original post.
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Old 11-04-2017, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Alright, well in my hometown (Erie, PA) we do not have a downtown department store anymore, however we do have a large department store within the city limits that is located in a strip plaza--- Peebles in the Liberty Plaza at W. 38th and Liberty St.

What's peculiar about this is that downtown and several plazas around town (Liberty Plaza, West Erie Plaza, etc.) were the big places to shop before the Millcreek Mall was built. When it showed up, it pretty much destroyed a lot of the big retail throughout the city. Even the Liberty Plaza is half empty and has way too much parking for the amount of people that go there, but interestingly enough, Peebles is one of the few stores that has been there through it all. I could never understand how it survived where it was, but it's nice to see a dept. store like that in the city limits as opposed to at the mall or on Upper Peach Street.

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Old 11-04-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Lebanon OH used to have a G.C. Murphy's downtown and one in a shopping center. G.C. Murphy was a chain that operated exclusively in small rural towns, but when they were taken over by Ames the downtown store was closed.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Moultrie, Georgia has Lazarus Department Store (no relation to the former Columbus, Ohio chain) on the Southeast corner of its Courthouse Square. It is basically a family clothing store that leans toward a younger "teeny bopper" audience. Moultrie also had a MUCH larger Friedlander's Department (another locally owned store) facing the east side facade of the courthouse until the late 1990's. It was right across S.E. First Street from Lazarus.

Greenville, South Carolina (and Asheville, North Carolina, too) have Mast General Stores, which are "for real though" department stores that lean toward "outdoorsy" wear. Greenville's is even located in the city's former Downtown Belk Store. (Yes, I know that Greenville is one of South Carolina's largest metro areas, but the city limits are quite small)
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:44 PM
 
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Given that this isnít as common, what are some small cities/towns with department stores located in its Downtown? This is an example of what I am referring to: https://locations.boscovs.com/ny/bin...-court-st.html

https://goo.gl/maps/BydXZqzrcAN2

Well, I was going to mention bingo, but I see you beat me to it.

Wally World likes to open in small cities too, but not necessarily downtown.

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Old 11-05-2017, 11:31 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Given that this isnít as common, what are some small cities/towns with department stores located in its Downtown? This is an example of what I am referring to: https://locations.boscovs.com/ny/bin...-court-st.html

https://goo.gl/maps/BydXZqzrcAN2
Downtown Charleston, West Virginia is centered around one of the largest downtown malls in the US which has Macy's and Sears but I'm not sure if this is what you're referring to.
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