Retro Video: Old Department Stores

12/9/2009:

[Continuing the Retro Videos & Commercials Week here on Hoboken411.com…]

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!

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6 Comments on "Retro Video: Old Department Stores"

mooshu
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mooshu

Uh, is that Marcia Brady in the second to last (1978-79) video at 2:09?

chrisjur
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I have to laugh at the end of the Bambergers commercial where they say “All stores open 9 to 11 for holiday shopping” and there is a small disclaimer on the screen that says “Newark, NJ store open regular hours” – as if to say there’d be no way in hell they’d keep any store in 1980s Newark open that late in the evening.

escaped68
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There was a urban myth going around that E J Korvettes was named after Eight Jewish Korean war Veterans.

plywood
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plywood

Now the myth is that eight Koreans own the place.

In response to escaped68 who said:
There was a urban myth going around that E J Korvettes was named after Eight Jewish Korean war Veterans.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

I always chuckle when I pass that abandoned Bradlees trailer parked on the upper level of that warehouse as you approach the train trestle entrance to Hoboken

HansBrix
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HansBrix

You left out JGE…

“Hey Jerry what’s the story?”

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