Original Locations of 15 Mega-Chains

In this era of strip malls and outlet stores it’s getting difficult to tell one suburban community from another. Some people might like the fact that you can hardly tell your hometown from a city across the country or even in another part of the world, but it wasn’t always like this. All these ubiquitous chains started somewhere with only one location, so if you ever wanted to know where to go to shake your fist in the air to curse the strip-malling of America, these 15 locations would be a good start. (From Bootsnall.com)


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  1. That was some pretty interesting stuff.

    Interesting abut the original McDonalds is that while Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers for a couple of million (nothing to sneeze at back in the 1960’s … still nothing to sneeze at today, either, but moreso then) he negotiated a royalty agreement with them but did it on a handshake, then later reneged. If the brothers had gotten that on paper, the McDonald descendants would still be one of the richest families in America now.

    Kroc was an entrepreurial genius, true … but he was also ruthless as hell.

    Another interesting thing is about Wal-Mart … that original storefront in Bentonville AR still does exist but it’s not a store, it’s sort of a WalMart “visitors center” and museum.

    It would be interesting if it were still a 5’n’dime…reminds me of the old “Morrison” Fred Meyer store. The original Fred Meyer was a block south, on the SE corner of SW Yamhill and 5th, now a corner of Pioneer Place Tower. After the chain expanded into the hinterlands, at some point, Fred’s moved to Morrison and 5th, and the famous ads which proclamed things “available at all stores, except Morrison” held the public attention.

    I remember that Morrison store. it was tiny … only as big as your average corner drug/variety store. They did have a lot of stuff though. It was charming as hell.

    That stor disappeared in the Pioneer place developement too … the Corbett building was imploded (Portland’s only implosion demolition, as far as I know) in 1987 or 88.

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