We were having a discussion about old stores from our childhood that aren’t around anymore, which brought back some fun memories.
TG&Y – I used to go with my dad to Bank of America in the same shopping center as TG&Y on Friday evenings, and he’d take me in to get me a toy. Usually it was a balsa wood glider that I’d play with over the weekend until it’s tail would snap off, rendering the plane grounded.
Two Guys – Kinda like K-mart I guess. I vividly remember the Two Guys sign on the building and the lettering being sort of script looking. FedMart (the store with the red dot logo) bought out Two Guys, then Target bought out FedMart.
Akron – “Akron is the first and original, something for everybody, out of the ordinary store”
The Treasury – We never really went there, because it was I guess in my parents eyes a step down from K-mart, which is where we went. The Treasury was owned by JCPenney. I always liked going there because the stores’ architecture looked cool. Yes even as an 8 year old I knew what I liked architecture-wise.
Then ya had the department stores. Like Orbachs (never went there, it was an “expensive store”). Robinsons and May Co. (before they merged). My mom used to go with her lady friends to the Wilshire May Co. every so often for tea in their tea room. So fancy The Broadway. I always thought it was a store for women because my dad used to always call them “broads”
Then ya had the grocery stores. Mom used to shop at Hughes and again I vividly remember that store like it’s still there. She used to leave me in the car usually while she shopped. I remember once getting lost in that store and being so frightened. Then she switched to Alpha Beta (where the savings don’t stop – tell a friend). Next it was Lucky. My dad, again on some Friday nights after the bank and TG&Y run, would head over to Dales Jr. I always thought it was neat that a store was named after my dad, although he wasn’t a junior. I don’t remember what he bought there, but my guess is it was likker. I always got a slushie.
What are your childhood store memories from places that no longer exist?