Lately I've been feeling nostalgic about stores we used to shop at that are no longer in business. Some of it I remember fondly; other stores, I'm fine without! Do you remember?
1. A&P - I never knew what it stood for until today! The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. This was a grocery store I remember when I was very young.
2. Service Merchandise - This was a weird catalog/showroom store where you checked out then had to wait for the merchandise to be brought to you from the warehouse. I was reading a book recently that mentioned it several times. They sold a variety of items: jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, and so on.
3. Wicks-n-Sticks - What else but candles! This was one of my favorite stores in the mall when I was a teenager.
4. 5, 7, 9 - This was another mall favorite as a teenager. Cute clothes!
5. Weiners - This was another clothing store, but my memories aren't fond. I hated shopping here, but the clothes were cheap.
6. Rexall - This was the only drug store in town when I was a kid. I loved going to the soda fountain for a nickel ice cream and a cherry coke. (That makes me sound so old!)
7. Weingarten's - This was another grocery store that was eventually sold to Safeway.
8. Hi-Lo Auto Parts - There was a Hi-Lo very close to our house, and I remember going there with my dad, although I didn't really want to look at auto parts. So boring!
9. Montgomery Wards - This was a department store similar to Sears. They had everything from clothes to jewelry to furniture. I read that all of the brick-and-mortar stores are closed, but they still have an online presence. Who knew? Did you know that Rudolph (yes, the Red-Nosed Reindeer) was created as a Montgomery Ward campaign in 1939?
10. Mervyn's - Another department store I liked. I remember their commercials, too. (Open, open, open!)
11. B. Dalton Bookstore - I love to read, and I love browsing a good book store. This one was around until 10-15 years ago.
12. Eckerd - This drugstore was located right next to Weiners in the town where I grew up. It's now a CVS.
13. Woolworth - I call this the original dimestore; others would call it a five-and-dime. They sold a variety of merchandise such a toys, candy, decorations, but they also had a lunch counter. This was great fun as a kid!
This reminds me of other stores such as Joske's, Foley's, Thrifty, but this is a Thursday 13, so I'll stop. I hope you had fun walking down memory lane!
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