Globe Store

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Globe Store
FoundedDanville, Pennsylvania, U.S.(1883 (1883))
FounderJohn Simpson and John Clelland
DefunctApril 1994 (1994-04)
Area served
Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Globe Store was a regional department store in Scranton, Pennsylvania, founded in 1883 by John Simpson and John Clelland. It closed in 1994.


The original building was a three story white stone-faced building. It was stocked with "the latest and largest line of dry goods, notions, cloaks, ladies' tailor-made suits, and men's furnishings".[citation needed]

The Globe Store eventually moved to Scranton where it would gain local fame. The Scranton Globe Store was the Cleland, Simpson & Taylor building on Wyoming Avenue. The original building of Cleland was destroyed by fire on March 17, 1889.

Golden years[edit]

The new Globe Store in Scranton was one of the only stores of its kind in the city. It had sometimes been compared to the stores of New York City with its large display windows, enormous selection with all of the latest fashions, and its restaurant, the Charlmont (later converted to cafeteria style restaurant). The Globe continued to prosper throughout the 1900s, adding a wider selection of goods and other features to the store. It had elaborate outside decorations during the Christmas season.[1]

Economic downturn and closure[edit]

The store prospered until the opening of the nearby Viewmont Mall in the 1960s. The new suburban mall drew business, and downtown business began to decline. In the 1960s Wanamaker's purchased the Globe, but it quickly became an independent store again in the 1970s when Wanamaker's experienced financial difficulty. That chain eventually closed in 1986.[2] In the 1970s and 1980s Scranton's downtown shopping district as a whole was in financial trouble with the closing of Stern's and other similar department stores. In 1987, the Mall at Steamtown was proposed to help revitalize the shopping district. Demolition of dilapidated buildings started October 1991 but this was too late for the Globe. The Mall at Steamtown opened to the public October 23, 1993 with the Globe as one of the anchor stores (connected to the new mall by pedestrian bridge).The Globe could not last though and closed its doors April 1994, laying off 400 workers, after PNC Bank seized the store's assets.[3] The former Globe building was converted to office space and is occupied by Diversified Information Technologies.[4] The pedestrian bridge was closed off from the Globe and turned into the furniture department of Boscov's, one of the other anchors of the mall. That area become a Steve and Barry's sportswear store until Steve and Barry's bankruptcy and subsequent liquidation. The area is now a Crunch Gym.


In 2016, the Lackawanna County commissioners announced that most of Lackawanna County's government offices would relocate to the Globe building following renovations to the building.

Store Directory[edit]

First Floor Cosmetics, Fragrances, Sportswear, Florist, Candy Shop, Charlmont Restaurant
Second Floor Coats, Better Sportswear, Dresses, Shirts, Lingerie, Juniors, Junior Hair Salon
Third Floor House wear, China, Hair Salon, Spa,
Fourth Floor Children's wear, Furniture, Credit Department
Fifth Floor Executive Offices


  1. ^ Kashuba,, Cheryl A.; Darlene Miller-Lanning; Alan Sweeney (c. 2005). "Globe Store at Christmas". Scranton. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. p. 89. ISBN 0738538590. OCLC 62146806. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  2. ^ Rutberg, Sidney (August 4, 1986). "Can John Wanamaker be turned into big money maker? (column)". Daily News Record. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  3. ^ "Globe Store closes its doors. (Brief Article)". Daily News Record. March 3, 1994. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  4. ^ Malina, Brian (October 5, 1998). "Diversified Information Technologies Opens Headquarters in Scranton, Pa". Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. Retrieved 2009-02-12.