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Old 04-07-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Do you have memories of any retail chains that are now out of business? I remember going to a Treasury Store in Memphis as a child. It was a JC Penney subsidiary that was a discount retailer, a kind of forerunner to WalMart Supercenter, because you could buy groceries and gasoline at some of them. A distinct characteristic of these stores was a zig-zag roofline.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Treasury_(retailer)
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Up in the North East I remember Zayres which was like a Woolworth and Caldors' and Bradlees which I guess were like a Target store without the food section. My first job was at Bradlees folding clothes, putting up displays. Later I worked at Channel which was a large home improvement store that closed up when the really big Lowes and HD's came to the area.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge
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E.J.Korvettes - Dept store similar to Walmart
Crazy Eddies - What Best Buy should be
Incredible Universe & Computer City - Both major failures by RadioShack
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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I remember so many...

E.J Korvettes as stated above
Bradlees
S. Kleins
Orbachs
Alexanders
Two Guys
A&S
Sterns

There are so many more too.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Gemco, White Front, Service Merchandise, Future Shop.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Up in the North East I remember Zayres which was like a Woolworth and Caldors' and Bradlees which I guess were like a Target store without the food section.
At least one of the former Treasury Stores in Memphis (in fact the one I remember visiting) later became a Zayre's. This is what the property looked like a few years ago:


Lamar Avenue, Memphis, TN - Google Maps


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Gemco, White Front, Service Merchandise, Future Shop.

I remember shopping at Service Merchandise. Before I set foot in one, I remember reading their catalogs.

1983 Service Merchandise - Page 373 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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Goldblatt's, Marshal Fields, Maurice Roth Child, E.J. Corvette, Wieboldts, SS Kresege's, FW Woolworths,
O'Connor & Goldberg, A & P Grocery Stores, Venture, Magic Pan, Henrici's, Montgomery Ward, Carsons Ribs,
Thom McCain"s, Kinney's, Virgin Records, Tower Records, Ideal Toys, Mattel Toys, Hubley Toys, Waldon
Books, Linens & Things, FAO Schwartz?, NW Orient Airlines, TWA, Eastern Airlines, Pan Am, General
Foods, Standard Oil, Motorola, Zenith, Lionel, Remco and many car companies.

(some of the listed are from the Chicago area)
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Mervyns, Goldsmiths
Ben Franklin,the five and dime stores, forerunner to todays dollar stores?
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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I used to work at Woolco, similar to Walmart, no groceries.
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