Oklahoma October 19, 2017
8 Stores That Anyone Who Grew Up In Oklahoma Will Undoubtedly Remember
If you grew up in the Sooner State, then there’s probably a handful of stores you remember frequenting year after year. From shopping for the perfect Christmas gift at Renberg’s to picking up some groceries at Homeland, these stores hold special memories in the hearts of Oklahomans. See which ones you remember visiting (or still visit today).
The original 1913 Renberg's store opened at 116 S. Main St. in Tulsa. They opened several stores in the state before closing their doors in 1998.
2. T.G. & Y
T.G.& Y opened its first variety store in Norman in 1936 and expanded to 930 outlets nationwide by the 1980s. The store brand was sold in 1986 and eventually saw its final demise in 2002.
Homeland is a grocery store that started in Oklahoma City as a spin-off from Safeway in 1987. The "Homeland" name was adopted in 1988. Many stores have closed in the Sooner State since its beginning, but there are still 85 supermarkets in OK, KS, AL, GA and TX.
Every Oklahoman has grown up visiting Quiktrip (almost on a daily basis). Over the years it has grown into much more than just a gas station. The first store opened in 1958 and in 2014 they opened their 700th store nationwide.
Who remembers visiting the beloved department store Foley's? It was bought out by Macy's and had everything from clothing to furniture to housewares. How long did it take you to stop calling Macy's Foley's?!
Oklahoma Tire and Supply Company (OTASCO) opened its first store in Muskogee in 1918 by three Jewish Lithuanian immigrant brothers. In 1925 the headquarters moved to Tulsa and by 1936 there were 34 stores. The company was sold and by 1989 all OTASCO's were shut down.
7. May Brothers Department Stores
In 1908 the May family opened their first clothing store, known as Model Clothiers, in Tulsa. In 1910 a second department store, Madansky Clothing Company, opened in Bartlesville. And in 1916 a third location opened in Oklahoma City. There was five stores total, and the one in Bartlesville was the last to close at the turn of the century, making it one of the longest-running Oklahoma businesses in the same location.
8. Blockbuster Video
Long gone are the days of video rental stores, but most of us remember the good 'ole days of walking into Blockbuster and picking out our favorite movies. Now we've moved onto Netflix and Hulu, but Blockbuster will always hold a special place in our hearts.
What stores do you remember going to when you were growing up?
If you love taking a stroll down memory lane, check out the
oldest photos taken in the Sooner State.