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Block's was owned by a big chain, but I forget which one. It wasn't Federated. It may have been Allied Stores which owned Mabley & Carew before it was bought out by Elder-Beerman. L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis and Pogue's in Cincinnati were owned by Associated Dry Goods which owned Lord & Taylor in New York and many fine stores around the country.
The need to stay in the small locations because they suck.
They are on Sears level for clothes and who shops at Sears for clothes?
Elder-Beerman even has a sh!tty name. Sounds like an old drunk guy. Macy's sounds prestigious hence why you will see all the Lazarus being changed to just say Macy's.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana had a nice store called Wolf & Dessauer.
Middletown had a Mabley & Carew downtown at one time, but that closed long ago. Mabley's had one in downtown Hamilton too, but it was replaced by Elder-Beerman. Before it was Mabley's in Middletown, it was the locally owned The John Ross Store. Originally located at the southwest corner of Central and Broad, CG Murphy's (later Murphy Mart, and Ames) took over their location and John Ross moved across the street. In the 60s, Mabley and Carew bought John Ross and operated a store their until Elder-Beerman's bought them and moved to the Towne Mall.Also in Middletown was the locally owned The Central Store at Canal/Vertiy and Central. It operated until the 70s. After it closed, the Cincinnati-based Swallens occupied their site while their new 180,000 sqft store in downtown Middletown was constructed. Swallens' closed in 1995.Downtown Middletown also had a Sears (moved to the Towne Mall in the 70s), Penny's (closed in 1982) and a McAlpins (moved to the Middletown Shopping Center the 50s and then to the Towne Mall in the 70s). Does anyone else miss McAlpins??? Dillards sucks!
Thanks grasscat. Macy's just bumped Goldsmiths from their Memphis area stores.My mom worked at Sterling Linder in Cleveland during WWII, and I think it was Sterling Welch&Linder. I'll call her later and check.West side Cleveland had its own dept store on W. 25th St. called Fries and Schueles.(Pronounced Freez and Sheelees) I spent many hours riding up and down the elevators until the operators got tired of me(then I'd move to the stairs). I believe I have read that Fries and Schueles is now condos. But one elevator has been preserved for a mail room.Damn Dillards, I miss Higbees. Christmas has never been the same ...