Friday, July 24, 2009

Those Ubiquitous Five and Dime Stores

S.H. Kress & Co. (1896–1981) was one of the 20th century’s most prosperous variety-store retailers. Though never the largest chain, Kress maintained the highest per-store sales of any five-and-dime retailer.

Growing up, who among us didn't spend most of our meagre allowances on any given Saturday at Kress's, Newberry's or Woolworth's? For me, it was usually after a matinée picture show at the Temple or the Royal.


S.H. Kress (1896-1981)
J.J. Newberry (1911-1997)
F.W. Woolworth (1878-1997)
and others. They were the precursors to the
big box
stores of today: WAL-MART, KMART, etc.

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