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Old 04-13-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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Eckerds drug store bought by Rite Aid
Service Merchandise
Mervyn's- was in Ft. Lauderdale but I think it was a California company
Circuit city- worked there for a while
Hecht's- was here in Charlotte bought out by Macy's
Electronics Boutique/EB games- now both part of Game Stop
Blockbuster Music-was probably the coolest music store in Ft. Lauderdale
Border's books
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:34 PM
 
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The Yankee Store
Federal's (a department store)

and here's a strange one: Whitmark. Weirdest shopping concept ever devised. You choose merchandise from their in-store catalog, fill out your order form, give it to a clerk, and they go in the back room and get you your stuff. Utterly bizarre.

Oh, and someone upthread mentioned "Linen's 'n Things." This junk store was notorious for never selling anything made of actual linen.
Whitmark is exactly like Service Merchandise was. The catalog ruled everything.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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I can remember a few out here in the NW:

Frederick & Nelson (upscale Seattle based retailer), The Bon Marche (WA centered chain, bought out and rebranded as Macy's), Meier & Frank (OR centered chain, same fate as The Bon Marche), Lamont's, Peoples, Mervyn's, Pay N' Save (drug store chain), Ernst (Hardware/nursery chain), Eagle Hardware (bought out by and converted into Lowe's), Pay N Pack (hardware chain), Woolworth's (last WA store was at South Sound Center), Nordstrom Place Two (mini-Nordstrom stores scattered throughout the NW), B. Dalton Bookseller, Waldenbooks, Border's Books, J.K. Gill (office supply chain), Yard Birds (3 store chain in SW WA; supermarket, hardware, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, pets, and just about everything else).
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:17 AM
 
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Whitmark is exactly like Service Merchandise was. The catalog ruled everything.
Ardan was another chain of catalog showrooms. I vaguely remember shopping at Ardan or Service Merchandise as a kid & it seemed like a major PITA to have to "order" something in the store rather than just grabbing it off the shelf. Not surprised that concept died out.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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Ardan was another chain of catalog showrooms. I vaguely remember shopping at Ardan or Service Merchandise as a kid & it seemed like a major PITA to have to "order" something in the store rather than just grabbing it off the shelf. Not surprised that concept died out.
It took forever too. Filling out the form, giving it to the order desk, waiting for it to come up from the warehouse on the conveyor belt. I don't remember if you paid for it when you gave it to the order desk or paid right before you left. But what a waste of time it was.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Woolworth, Clover, Strawbridge and Clothier, Drug Emporium, Pharmor, Filene's Basement, Fayva
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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Korvette's, Grandway, Caldor, Herman's, Bradlee's, Bamberger's,
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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Had some fun finding these: Restaurants- Victoria Station, Red Barn, Big Boy, Poppin Fresh Pies (now bakers square), Bonanza,
Lums, Steak & Ale, Howard Johnsons.
Waccamau, Musicland, Coconuts Music, Ben Franklin Stores, Wicks Furniture, Franks Nursery & Crafts, Kroch & Brentano's,
B. Dalton Books, Dr. Scholls stores, Fayva Shoes, Buster Brown, County Seat, Silo and 5,7,9 Shops.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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Not sure if this still DOES exist or if it/was regional, but we had a store called McCrory Newbury. It was a less expensive type store.
Forgot about McCrory's! I used to go to one in Kutztown, PA. It was like a Grant's or Woolworth's.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Forgot about McCrory's! I used to go to one in Kutztown, PA. It was like a Grant's or Woolworth's.
Yes, like a Woolworth's!

And to the poster who mentioned Herman's - did you mean the sporting goods store? I knew there was one I couldn't remember and that was it.
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