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Old 12-17-2018, 12:58 AM
 
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Growing up I remember not only Woolworth but also Roses 5 & 10 (now it's just Roses) McCrory's, Ben Franklin, Grants, Kresge's, Kress, and G C Murphy. In Greensboro NC, the F W Woolworth has been turned into a museum to commemorate the site of the first civil rights sit-in.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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The $ stores don't have the lunch counters. I miss those.
I used to eat at Kresge in the 60's and Woolworth's Harvest House in the 70's.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:46 AM
 
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Last night I was thinking about dollar stores and I realized they are basically like the old five and ten's I knew as a child.
That got me wondering how many on here remember the five and ten, and also stores like Woolworth, Grants, Kresgees. Those were around where we were and came before the stores like K-mart and Bradlees which are also now mostly gone.

How many remember the old stores?
Kresge is Kmart. Or, Kmart is Kresge, depending upon how you look at it, lol.

I guess you don't remember the old stores as well as you thought! (j/k)
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:54 AM
 
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Kresge is Kmart. Or, Kmart is Kresge, depending upon how you look at it, lol.

I guess you don't remember the old stores as well as you thought! (j/k)
Correct.
The "K" in Kmart stands for Kresgee.

I know this because my aunt belonged to the same church as the Kresgee family did, and the Kresgee 's donated a lot to the church in $ and in building parts of the church hall and other church building projects.

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Old 12-17-2018, 07:14 AM
 
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McCrory's, Neisner's.
As a child, I lived only a few walkable blocks from Kresge's and Woolworth's. Saturday, dime in hand, we spent an hour picking out paper doll books; coloring books.

I worked at Neisner's in Washington D.C. as a young teen. They put me in the candy department and told me I could eat whatever I wanted. You know how fast you can get sick of the smell of candy?? I soon got transferred to Infant Wear. lol

McCrory's was in my local shopping center for years and it was a go-to for just about every small need. This was before dollar stores. The entire center burned down in a huge blaze and many of the stores never returned but McCrory's did, although it wasn't the same and closed down a couple of years later.

Our local Woolworth's lasted until about the mid-90s, although it wasn't the Woolworth's I knew as a child.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Growing up I remember not only Woolworth but also Roses 5 & 10 (now it's just Roses) McCrory's, Ben Franklin, Grants, Kresge's, Kress, and G C Murphy. In Greensboro NC, the F W Woolworth has been turned into a museum to commemorate the site of the first civil rights sit-in.

I had many of the same in my town, two favorites were Murphy's and Woolworth's, where I ate grilled cheese sandwiches and drank cokes at their counter.

They both, back then, had wood floors that were always highly polished and smelled wonderfully of wax. It was ever so fun to spend time in their aisles as a kid. And a young adult...then most closed.
I see a Roses on rare occasions and Ben Franklin, but they aren't the same as the old ones...

Dollar stores are kinda fun...but they don't have quality like the old 5 and Dime stores.
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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Along with the 5 and 10s I remember the Horn and Hardart Automats where you saw your food behind little glass doors, put your money in the slot, the door opens, you get your food and sit down and eat.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:49 AM
 
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Growing up I remember not only Woolworth but also Roses 5 & 10 (now it's just Roses) McCrory's, Ben Franklin, Grants, Kresge's, Kress, and G C Murphy. In Greensboro NC, the F W Woolworth has been turned into a museum to commemorate the site of the first civil rights sit-in.
Yes!! I remember they had the best pizza I tasted as a kid back then.
Years later, I worked at an MC's right before I went into the military (USAF) after graduating high school.

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Old 12-17-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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I've also thought about dollar stores being the "new" 5 and 10s. I grew up with Murphy's, Kresge's, Woolworth's, McCrory's and Neisners. One big difference is that the old stores were separated into specific departments, each with its own manager. Plus they usually had lunch counters. They had a much bigger selection, including a music department, clothing and even pets. And everybody in town shopped there, even the people who shopped at the department stores. They were all downtown, so you could spend your teenage Saturday morning going from store to store.

The new dollar stores have everything in rows and no separate departments for anything specific. Far fewer employees per store, and just one cashier to check out. Not as much of a thrill.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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Back when funny munny was worth more, yup, I remember. Dimes and nickels bought good stuff.
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