5 02, 2021

Five and Dimes of Main Street, Reading, PA

2021-02-05T08:32:43-04:00February 5th, 2021|Culture, Department Stores|0 Comments

When Woolworth's declared bankruptcy back in 1997, it marked the symbolic end of an era when beloved "five and dime" stores could be found in every big city and small town in America. Woolworth's, Kresge’s, Grant's, McCrory’s, and Green’s were all once a [...]

5 02, 2021

F. W. Woolworth Store, 530-534 Penn Street

2021-02-05T07:48:44-04:00February 5th, 2021|Department Stores|0 Comments

On September 20, 1884, F. W. Woolworth opened a store in Reading, PA at 530-534 Penn Street. The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's or Woolworth) was a retail company and one of the original pioneers of the five-and-dime store. [...]

15 12, 2020

Boscov’s Original Store, Ninth and Pike Street, Reading, PA

2020-12-15T01:22:08-04:00December 15th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

Solomon Boscov was born the son of Molshe and Vassa Boscov, he left his native Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1911 with only about $12 in his pocket. His first endeavor was peddling lemonade on the streets of Washington, D. [...]

14 12, 2020

Burn’s Department Store, Laureldale, PA

2020-12-14T21:48:06-04:00December 14th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

On Decembers, 1928, Catherine Burns opened The Rosedale Variety Shop at 1505 Elizabeth Avenue. The business was quite successful, in no small measure due to Catherine's outgoing nature and well-chosen stock. In 1950, the old store was razed and replaced by one three [...]

13 07, 2020

Penn Square Pedestrian Mall

2020-09-08T05:09:09-04:00July 13th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Department Stores, Landmarks|0 Comments

The Penn Square Pedestrian Mall was originally a component of a much larger urban renewal plan. Sasaki Associates' Downtown East Urban Renewal Plan of 1971 proposed an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Reading to compete with shopping malls being built in the suburbs. [...]

8 07, 2020

Fairgrounds Square Mall Redevelopment

2020-12-17T12:21:59-04:00July 8th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Department Stores, News|0 Comments

The 750,000 sq ft Fairgrounds Square Mall was developed by Interstate Properties in the late 1970’s. Recognizing the potential of the Berks retail trade area and the need for a pleasant climate-controlled atmosphere the mall was constructed at the former location of the [...]

18 05, 2020

McCrory’s 5 and 10 Cent Store – Penn Square

2020-05-18T00:29:01-04:00May 18th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

McCrory Stores or J.G. McCrory's was a chain of five and dime stores in the United States based in York, Pennsylvania. Below: South Side, 500 block of Penn Street, 1960s. Below: South Side, 500 block of Penn Street, left to right: [...]

16 05, 2020

Pomeroy’s Department Store, Reading, PA

2020-08-10T00:29:56-04:00May 16th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

In the 1870s, three young men, salesmen for Brown, Thomson and McWhirter, at Hartford, Conn., had a dream. They dreamed the dream of every ambitious youth that of owning a business establishment of which they might be proud of. They had only a [...]

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