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by carljohnson
06 Dec 2010 17:13
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Great American
Replies: 71
Views: 43148

Re: Great American

Great American was a nice mid-level grocery store, not very big by modern standards. Either by design or by chance they featured a lot of local brands from Central New York, which was particularly nice as it can be very hard for small food brands to get into grocery stores these days. The stores var...
by carljohnson
24 Jul 2008 18:55
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Toy Chains
Replies: 18
Views: 18998

Re: Toy Chains

I do remember the Toys for Joy stores in Upstate New York, though I had no idea there were so many at any time. My sister was a clerk at one for a while. When I moved to Rensselaer in 1991, the toy store was closed or closing; the Joy Department Store held on for just a little bit longer. I also rem...
by carljohnson
24 Jul 2008 18:38
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: W T Grant
Replies: 66
Views: 64502

Re: W T Grant

The building that housed W.T. Grant's in downtown Schenectady is still there (with the red brick in the image below) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/carljohnson/136839524/ http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/136839524_341624be4a_m.jpg It was originally between Wallace's Department Store, a local two-st...
by carljohnson
31 Dec 2007 09:55
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Two Guys Discount Stores
Replies: 13
Views: 15029

Re: Two Guys Discount Stores

There were two Two Guys Department Stores in the Albany, NY area. One was north of Albany in Menands, something of a retail outpost at the time but near the huge Montgomery Ward store. The building still stands, but I don't know if it has any tenants. There are a number of old pictures floating arou...
by carljohnson
31 Dec 2007 09:33
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: DEFUNCT Home Improvement Chains
Replies: 34
Views: 30723

Re: Wickes Lumber

The only Wicks Lumber I've ever seen or been in was in Ontario when I was a kid. The store was between the railroad tracks that parallel Mission Blvd. and the 163 air national guard base. It was a large outdoor lumber yard with at small office in the center. As a kid it was the only lumber supply i...
by carljohnson
31 Dec 2007 09:21
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Grand Union
Replies: 71
Views: 61301

Re: Grand Union

Just for interest, here's a photo of a '60s/'70s era Grand Union sign from Scotia, NY (Schenectady County):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carljohnson/6837168/
by carljohnson
31 Dec 2007 09:09
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Great American Stores Upstate NY
Replies: 28
Views: 19299

Re: Great American Stores Upstate NY

Great American also operated under the name Victory Markets. They had a period of expansion in the late '80s but competition forced them to pull back to their base. They had at least two stores in the Albany area, one on Western Avenue in Albany near the SUNY campus (which has been redeveloped into ...