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Old 02-28-2017, 02:39 AM   #16
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Kresge was owned by K-Mart. Woolworth owned a department store chain called Woolco. Now K-Mart is in bad shape, I guess they couldn't compete with Wal-Mart and Target.
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Yes we had a Woolworths, Grants, Almys, a store called Empire which had a few stores in Essex County, Mass, a few local stores one called Browns and Mals. Mals later became a Kings, then that store became Ames . On the corner across from Woolworth was a drug store called Sterlings.

Many of the stores did have a lunch counter. Department store seems cozy to a kid. My mom would meet people and chat. I always wondered who ate the cream cheese and olive sandwiches that were on the menu for about 15 cents . That is something I haven't seen on a menu anywhere in the last 30 years. My mom every late August would take me to the stores for school shopping clothes.


All the stores gone by early 1970's except Empire and Ames which hung on til about 15 years ago. Empire would cater to the richer people with wedding wear and Ames was the cheaper store. The malls 40 minutes away killed us. When more people had cars things changed more and more. So sad!!
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Another fond memory was( I don't think it was Woolworth's, I'm pretty sure it was Grants) that there was a big jar of small peppermint patties like York that they sold at the counter for a penny. I always loved them!!!

And my Mom always bought her sewing patterns and material at those 5 & 10 stores too!

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Many of the stores did have a lunch counter. Department store seems cozy to a kid. My mom would meet people and chat. I always wondered who ate the cream cheese and olive sandwiches that were on the menu for about 15 cents . That is something I haven't seen on a menu anywhere in the last 30 years.
Those sound similar to the popular "olive-nut" sandwiches a local confectionery shop used to serve.

There was no Woolworth's close-by when I was growing up, but we did have Kresge's. My main interests in those years were popcorn and Hot Wheels / Matchbox cars. I can still remember the aroma of the popcorn, walking in. Kresge's deli sliced ham was very popular.
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I do remember Woolworth's...mine was in Old Brooklyn and it stayed up until the early 90's.

I still remember looking at the birds and fish they had...now It's a Family Dollar.
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There was a Kresge's in downtown Flint for years but it's long gone now. In fact a lot of Michigan cities had one. Bay City, Battle Creek, Detroit, Port Huron to name a few. It was a lot like Woolworths. Five and dime, and snack bar. My mom used to take us there when we went to Flint to shop. (1950's) Flint was a bustling city in those days.
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Yeah, there was a Woolworth's everywhere in London in the 80s and 90s
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Woolworth's had three Toledo locations:
1)There was one at the Parkway Plaza shopping center in Maumee, Ohio. I don't remember when it closed. Parkway Plaza's near the house that my family lived in after we moved to Toledo.
2)Downtown Toledo.
3)Woodville Mall in Northwood, Ohio.
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There was a Woolworth's on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
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I loved their cafeteria. Loved their hamburgers and pies....LOL and french fries.
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I can't remember if there was ever a Woolworth's here. There used to be a Service Merchandise and Montgomery Ward, but both stores closed down a number of years ago.
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I remember Woolworth and G.C. Murphy's stores as well. Used to go to those stores all the time.
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I loved Woolworth's and GC Murphy as our mall had both of them. Their lunch counters were so good. I also worked at a SS Kresge and loved it also. Their food was also very good. I think these types of stores are so missed today. The dollar stores are just not the same.
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Fish for the kiddies and sewing patterns for mom. The stores were smaller than the well known stores of today, but they seem to have everything we needed..
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Woolworth and Woolco. I do remember them. Got my 1st grade elementary school clothes there. And BTW. K-Mart would compete with Walmart and Target if they tried to. The Management is very bad and they have crappy merchandise and it's too high priced.

Anyone remember "Two Guys"? I loved that store too. I also met the Brady Bunch there when I was 11 years old. I remember ticking off Barry Williams, lol. Sure miss those days.
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