Category talk:Defunct department stores of the United States

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earlier comments[edit]

In downtown Scranton, PA the major downtown department stores were the Globe (went out of business in about 1994) and Openheim's (went out of business in the 1970's). The Globe Store was actually integrated into the Steamtown Mall. It was one of the three anchor stores (Boscov's and Montgomery Ward were the other two anchors).

Before Walmart came to Pennsylvania, in Eynon, PA there was Sugerman's. It was Sugarman's Eynon Drug Store, but they sold guns, tires and pianos. The musical instruments were across the aisle from the groceries. Sugarman's sold some high quality merchandise (grandfather clocks), and some very bottom end merchandise (clothes). You were able to haggle prices in the appliance department. Sugarman's went out of business in the mid-1990's.

Joe Grassy 17:22, 6 March 2007 (UTC)


You can add:

Sibley's - Rochester, NY

1860s - 1990s


And there's Ohrbach's

Regarding Sugarmans Drug Store. My late grandfather, Victor Niedzinski, ran a general store/groceries/sundries/pharmacy/you name it. Back in the 1920's (I will stand corrected on date), he leased space to a young pharmacist, Harry Sugarman. Grandfather sold the business, 1940's I believe. Harry Sugarman took over the entire operation, then moved the site to Route 6 Eynon. Out of business 15years or so - Mary Himlin contributor March 21, 2011


Furchgott's Dept. Store - Jacksonville, F

Approx. 1910's to 1970's


Hemphill-Wells - Lubbock and San Angelo, TX

1920's to 1986 acquired by Dillard's

Gee Bee, died Circa 1990


Roses's Stores[edit]

There was a successful discount or department store chain (along the lines of Kmart) called Rose's that was quite extensive in the southeast until the mid 1990s. Based in Henderson, NC, they hit a peak in the very late 80s and I believe were located from Delaware to Florida, and as far west as Texas or Oklahoma. Paul Rose was the founder - he was sort of an entrepeneur of the genre as Sam Walton (Walmart) but not so farsighted...Anyway, the stores grew from the 30s-40s until their sharp decline in early 90s. There are still a few around, but they are owned by another entitiy now....I'm surprisedthis chain is not listed. Engr105th (talk) 20:32, 27 November 2007 (UTC)


I seem to remember a department store in Eastpoint Maryland named Gem. We went there on grocery night (followed by dinner at English's chicken and a trip to the Pantry Pride grocery store. There was also a department store over near Erdman Avenue in Baltimore named Two Guys; I think they even had another location or two. Both chains were there in the late 60s to early 70s- Rick J/Maryland (1/16/08) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 162.99.36.64 (talk) 19:11, 16 January 2008 (UTC)