Retro Video: Old Department Stores
Department Store Dinosaurs!
Growing up as kids – many of us remember the giant department stores that used to exist in our region. Places like Korvette’s (gone 1980), Caldor’s (gone 1999) and Bamberger’s.
Some interesting notes:
- Bamberger’s – which was bought out by Macy’s way back in 1929 – also started WWOR Radio and Television. Many former Bamberger’s locations were eventually converted to Macy’s (such as Garden State Plaza).
- Caldor’s eventual death was attributed to Wal-Mart, although they had a big PR blunder when a photo of two kids playing Scrabble on their weekly flier had a word “RAPE” on the playing board. Caldor was simlilar to Bradlees (gone 2000).
- And it seems that Korvette’s decline was due to simple mismanagement, the suffered it’s death when a real estate land developer basically ruined the business (probably accounting fraud, too)
Here are some of the (not so catchy) commercials:
See other retro shopping commercials such as Gimbels, Two Guys, and others – after the jump!
(Retro Shopping Commercials, Continued…)
Here’s a few other now defunct stores:
Wow – so many places now gone, and replaced by corporate giants!