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Boy those bring back memories!
How about: Hardees, Woolworths' and Motts 5 and 10's?
I also don't think there are any more Sinclair gas stations
Woolworth's is one I do miss, both the one I shopped in as a kid in Chicago, and then the Woolco we found here in Phoenix once we moved.
I miss Marshall Field's when I go home. Not a big fan of Macy's, but at least they are keeping some of the traditions in the State Street store (Down town chicago) like the Walnut Room and the Christmas windows and of course there are still Frango mints. Those were always a favorite in our house.
I lived in northwest Indiana for the 1st 30 years of my life. I remember going to The Loop as a young child. When I was a young adult I usually took the South Shore train into The Loop to go shopping at Marshall Field's. I absolutely LOVED visiting that store--it was so elegant! I also shopped at Carson, Pirie, Scott (whoops, I forgot how to spell that middle name!) & the other large department store downtown which I can't remember the name of right now.
When I moved to Indianapolis, there were 2 major local department stores: L.S. Ayres & Blocks. L.S. Ayres became Macy's; can't remember exactly what happened to Blocks, but it's gone, too.
In Hammond, IN we had 2 major department stores: Goldblatt's & E.C. Minas. All gone! But then again, all of downtown Hammond is gone--has been for a good many years since many of the mills closed & other industries moved or drastically downsized.
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Didn't Kresge's become K-mart, or wasn't it a subsidiary or something? Heck, even K-mart has pretty much disappeared now.
I even remember something called Woolco, Jacqueline. Woolworth's started them as a competitor to K-mart, I think.
Oh and man, I miss Arthur Treacher's too!
Depends on where you live. Hardees is part of the Carl's Jr. chain now, and the name remains principally in the eastern states. I think I've seen Sinclair in the Great Plains states in recent years.
Hardees still exists in Florida and a lot of the southeast. The length of their drive-through line in the morning rivals Starbucks in my area. Love their sausage gravy biscuit. However, in the interest of my health, I try to only buy those once every few weeks...
I hate to break it to everyone but I live out here in the time warp we call the Great Plains and we still have Sinclair stations, Ben Franklins, Safeways and Hardee's. There are also Texaco gas stations around, as are Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in some places. Of course, there is a fair bit of stuff out this way that might be considered a throw back to a simpler time - not such a bad thing in my opinion.
As far as some of the chains that I no longer see around here: Coast-to-Coast and Gambles - both were kind of a cross between a hardware store and department store (minus clothing and stuff).
Ben Franklin stores still exist?!?!?! I haven't seen one since I was a kid, Brenda!
For the Detroit Crowd
Federal's Department Stores
Korvett's Department Stores
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Glad you brought up department stores, David. Anybody remember Lazarus Department stores? They made it to the early 2000's (mostly in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) before being swallowed up by the Macy's "Evil Empire". I used to love Christmas shopping at the old downtown Lazarus store in Columbus as a kid. They even had a talking tree that spoke with the kids during Christmas season. Now that brings back memories!
Ok TAKE TWO......I'm from the Detroit area originally, and I don't remember any of those! :( I do remember Hudson's, though...and Faygo pop....also Jacobson's department stores.
When I still lived in Columbus last (late 1990's), there was a Jacobson's in the downtown mall.
Pittsburgh still has Spaghetti Warehouse.
There sometimes were reasons other than shopping why we went to certain stores, Mary. I understand completely. I remember going to a certain SuperX drug store for just such a reason.
Spaghetti Warehouse is still around, huh?