Pennsylvania October 13, 2017
9 Stores That Anyone Who Grew Up In Pennsylvania Will Undoubtedly Remember
Okay, PA, let’s take a leisurely stroll down Memory Lane! Remember going to your favorite stores as a kid? Or, those stores that your parents dragged you to, kicking and screaming (well, not literally)? Let’s take a moment to remember some of them today. Drum roll, please. In no particular order, here are nine stores that anyone who grew up in Pennsylvania will undoubtedly remember.
Today, we have dollar stores. Once upon a time, we had five and 10's or five and dimes. Who remembers Woolworths? It sold just about everything you could need or want. The popular store made its way all the way to London and beyond. Alas, Woolworths' final chapter ended in 1997.
If you lived in or traveled to Altoona, you knew - and probably shopped at - Gable's Department Store. The popular store shut its doors for the final time in 1980. What are your favorite memories from Gable's?
3. Gee Bee
They just don't make discount stores like they used to, do they? Gee Bee, born of the Glosser Brothers Department Store, was so popular that some locations even opened grocery stores. The final Gee Bee shut its doors for the final time in 1993.
We kids may have loved hills because of the slushies, soft pretzels, and popcorn at the snack bar. But, it was also a pretty cool place to get toys, a new bike, the latest pair of jeans...just about anything you could imagine. Like others before it, Hills became a memory when its final store closed in 1999.
5. Grant’s Department Store
Think K-Mart or even Wal-Mart . That's what some compare Grant's Department Store, which closed in 1976, to. Do you agree? Grant's sold a wide range of discounted products, including its own brand name "Bradford," named after the PA county of the same name. Do you remember Bucky Bradford, the store's mascot?
6. Montgomery Ward
Virtual hands up! Who called it Monkey Wards? Did you call the one-time popular department store that because it rolled off the tongue easier than Montgomery Ward? Or, did you know that it got the nickname because a Texas store supposedly had a cage of monkeys? Whatever the case, most of us probably shopped at the once-popular store that permanently closed in 2001.
Pennsylvanians started shopping at Hess's at the tail end of the 1890's. Shoppers flocked to the popular department store in Allentown, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Everyone from Chicago to New York seemed to know about the department store that eventually closed its doors in 1996.
Wanamaker's made history as Philadelphia's very first department store. The massive department store, known for its spectacular Christmas lights show, boasted a toy department, a restaurant, a post office, a piano department...and that's just the beginning. What are your favorite memories of Wanamaker's? The Eagle? The World's Largest Organ? Or, the monorail in the toy department?
How many of us shopped at Pomeroy's? The multi-floor department store sold just about anything you could want: men and women's clothing, furniture, electronics, curtains, luggage, gifts, and the list goes on and on. Of course, one of the most popular spots was Pomeroy's Bargain Basement.
Let’s keep the list going! PA’s a huge state so, obviously, this list is far from complete. What other stores from the past do you fondly – or even not-so-fondly – remember? Share below! Then
check out this general store that will just keep you longing for the past.