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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 27 Mar 2011 09:07

Added Auburn, NY, Old Saybrook, CT, and Norwich, CT. I have yet to find one in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 02 Apr 2011 17:42

After some more homework, I'm adding Waterford, CT and Groves, TX. That makes 36...

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by TW-Upstate NY » 03 Apr 2011 20:32

Groves, Tx.?!? Keep in mind I'm not doubting you in any way but what the heck were they doing down there? There must be a story behind that one.

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Post by nysw3636 » 04 Apr 2011 11:43

TW-Upstate NY wrote:Groves, Tx.?!? Keep in mind I'm not doubting you in any way but what the heck were they doing down there? There must be a story behind that one.

I could not believe it myself, as I thought that San Antonio was the only area of Texas they had stores. I was wrong. From all the research I've done, Barkers operated in NY, NJ, CT, RI, PA, TX, LA, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. I have yet to locate any in RI or PA, and only 1 in NJ, but I have a lead on a Virgin Islands location. And they had 63 stores in operation in 1980.

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 19 Apr 2011 17:20

Adding Carmel, NY and Harahan, LA. This makes 38 stores....

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 25 Apr 2011 18:12

Adding Glens Falls,NY, Avon,NY, Westport,CT, and Monroe,LA...

Also, was the Clifton Park,NY store in Elnora,NY?? I have a link to a Barker sales ad that states Elnora,NY, but it is SO close to Clifton Park...

And, I have another link that states that in May 1981, Kings converted several former Barkers to Kings. Not mentioned are Bath,NY, Canandaigua,NY, Cortland,NY, Endwell,NY, and Binghamton,NY...I will post link if anyone wants to see it.

Total now is 42, not counting the 5 in the last part of my message.....

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by BillyGr » 25 Apr 2011 22:14

nysw3636 wrote: Also, was the Clifton Park,NY store in Elnora,NY?? I have a link to a Barker sales ad that states Elnora,NY, but it is SO close to Clifton Park...
This is the post I originally read on amesfanclub: "I believe that a Barkers in Clifton Park later beacame a Joy's Department store in the 80's sometime".

Based on that, the store location is at the corner of Route 146 & 146A, which is about 2 miles west of the intersection of Routes 9&146 (this is today's main retail area for Clifton Park, but much of it dates later than the time of Barkers).

Per a map I have, it shows Elnora about 1.5 miles north of the 146/146A intersection, and Clifton Park Center about 1/2 mile south of the intersection.

So - they probably did call it Elnora, even if Clifton Park Center would have been technically closer.

Funny part - there are numerous little "named areas" in that vicinity - I've heard of the others but had never heard of Elnora until you posted it (first I was trying to figure out if you meant something else and had just mistyped it)!

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Post by nysw3636 » 26 Apr 2011 14:58

BillyGr wrote: This is the post I originally read on amesfanclub: "I believe that a Barkers in Clifton Park later beacame a Joy's Department store in the 80's sometime".

Based on that, the store location is at the corner of Route 146 & 146A, which is about 2 miles west of the intersection of Routes 9&146 (this is today's main retail area for Clifton Park, but much of it dates later than the time of Barkers).

Per a map I have, it shows Elnora about 1.5 miles north of the 146/146A intersection, and Clifton Park Center about 1/2 mile south of the intersection.

So - they probably did call it Elnora, even if Clifton Park Center would have been technically closer.

Funny part - there are numerous little "named areas" in that vicinity - I've heard of the others but had never heard of Elnora until you posted it (first I was trying to figure out if you meant something else and had just mistyped it)!
After doing a bit more research, the address listed for both the Elnora and Clifton Park stores are the same, " Vischer Ferry Road and Rt. 146 (exit 9 off Northway). It looks like for the first few years in the early 1970's, Barkers ads had Elnora as the town, then switched to Clifton Park.

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 14 May 2011 17:51

I'm adding Wallingford,CT to the list.

But I also have a question about this location. I have links that say there was a store in Wallingford,CT, so my question is this...Before Barkers took over the Grants in Meriden Mall in 1975, was this where Barkers was (became a Zayres??)?? Location would be Old Colony Road, Wallingford,CT...there was also a Flea Market there later. Locations would be TOO close in my opinion. Thanks in advance...

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 11 Jun 2011 20:21

Adding Chalmette,LA...43 now.

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Post by nysw3636 » 12 Jun 2011 17:10

With a newspaper article I found, I can confirm Bath,NY and Canandaigua,NY now. These were former Grant's locations...This makes 47 now. Still investigating Cortland,NY, Endwell,NY and Binghamton,NY. I'm losing confidence in finding a location in Rhode Island....

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 20 Jun 2011 17:42

Adding Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico. 48 now...

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 10 Jul 2011 15:06

Adding Geneva,NY to the list. It was adjoined to Monroe Muffler shop on Hamilton Street (RT5-20)...49 now, but will have a few more Puerto Rico stores shortly...

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 24 Jul 2011 12:05

I can now confirm Binghamton,NY, Cortland,NY and Endwell,NY. 52 now....

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Re: Barker's Department Stores

Post by nysw3636 » 31 Jul 2011 14:25

I am deleting the Wilton,NY location. It turns out that this is the Saratoga Springs,NY location in Pyramid Mall. Backing to 51.

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