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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Message Board

  • mandan14shooter mandan14shooter Mar 26, 2013 12:13 PM Flag

    Saving Main Street....

    J.C.Penney owned Main Street in Mandan back in the 50's & 60's. All the Main Street stores were packed during the CHRISTmas Season. It paralleled the CHRISTmas Story Movie to a T. Then K-Mart wanted to move in and the City Council voted against it to try and save small business. They moved to Bismarck instead and every other large company followed, including Wal-Mart. The Mandan shoppers started taking the 10 minute drive across the Missouri River to save money and have a much larger shopping experience. J.C. Penney closed long ago, was replaced with a 2nd hand store and Main Street has been slowly dying. We had two large Movie Theaters and they are both gone. The local hardware store has been having a " Going out of business sale" for at least 10 years, but is still hanging on. I walked in there a few years ago to check out a few "on sale" prices. A 16' Stanley tape was 22 bucks on sale! The same tape could have been had at Home Depot for under 10 bucks. As kids, we spent thousands of hours playing Snooker and Pinball Machines down at Nick's Pool Hall and at Morry's "8" Ball and i wouldn't change those memories for anything. Fighting Progress is a losing battle....

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