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Bruce

Pueblo, CO

#21 Jun 9, 2012
My Mom worked at the Brooklyn Center Shopper's City for many years, mostly in the cafe. She was well liked by everyone and was known for giving away free food to kids she liked, including most of my friends. Shopper's City was a thriving, successful store back then, and was a favorite among the after-school crowd. Those were the good old days ... Brooklyn Center has sure gone downhill since I lived there.
chuck

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Sep 5, 2012
Does anyone remember a store called GRAND CENTRAL it was in Columbia Heights by Shoppers City in the 1960's
david carroll

Madison, WI

#23 Feb 14, 2013
yes there was a shoppers city on 63rd ave. in brooklyn center. there were two others in 1961. one in maplewood, mn and one in duluth mn. they were ahead of their time because you could get anything from groceries, furniture, clothes. they were the k mart before there were k marts. they were owned by mel roth and his brother whose name i cannot remember. they had ten grocery checkout lanes at a time when red owl stores had maybe four average. they also had a parcel pickup, another inovation for the time. persons named del and dawn and sidney were the grocery supervisors. i worked there for a couple of years. the wages for grocery was about $1.20 per hour.
Tom Anderson

Duluth, MN

#24 Apr 7, 2013
Remembering back, As a child,early 1960s I couldn't wait to go and visit my aunt,uncle and cousins for Thanksgiving. They lived up on Larpenteur avenue. I recall we turned off of White Bear avenue to Larpenteur, passing by Shopper City. The holidays we spent at their home were one of the best memories I have. The day after Thanksgiving we would go to Shopper City. Coming from Virginia Minnesota we had never seen such a store. We didn't have any large retailers like that, up north. One day while I was day dreaming about my past I remembered the store and the fun I experienced there.
Except for my cousins, they are all gone. and its sad but I'm glad to have visited the area and the store I couldn't wait to get to.
kidskar

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Apr 18, 2013
I grew up in brooklyn center on unity ave, next to the crystal airport, I worked at shopper's city from 1965-1968, mostly in groceries, parcel pick up, and was a stock boy in groceries also. lots of great memories, mr. kent was grocery manager, gary dahle,bob jenson were also managers.It was a great place to work,I still run into former employees, I wish I COULD FIND A PICTURE OF THE PLACE...ps, I'm still best friends with one of the boys I worked with, 48 years !!! later.
Brian V

Saint Paul, MN

#26 May 8, 2013
david carroll wrote:
yes there was a shoppers city on 63rd ave. in brooklyn center. there were two others in 1961. one in maplewood, mn and one in duluth mn. they were ahead of their time because you could get anything from groceries, furniture, clothes. they were the k mart before there were k marts. they were owned by mel roth and his brother whose name i cannot remember. they had ten grocery checkout lanes at a time when red owl stores had maybe four average. they also had a parcel pickup, another inovation for the time. persons named del and dawn and sidney were the grocery supervisors. i worked there for a couple of years. the wages for grocery was about $1.20 per hour.
Mel's brother was Seymour...and his brother-in-law was Sam Viner, who was in charge of their dry cleaning operations.

Since: May 13

La Crosse, WI

#28 May 21, 2013
Tom Anderson wrote:
Remembering back, As a child,early 1960s I couldn't wait to go and visit my aunt,uncle and cousins for Thanksgiving. They lived up on Larpenteur avenue. I recall we turned off of White Bear avenue to Larpenteur, passing by Shopper City. The holidays we spent at their home were one of the best memories I have. The day after Thanksgiving we would go to Shopper City. Coming from Virginia Minnesota we had never seen such a store. We didn't have any large retailers like that, up north. One day while I was day dreaming about my past I remembered the store and the fun I experienced there.
Except for my cousins, they are all gone. and its sad but I'm glad to have visited the area and the store I couldn't wait to get to.
Tom, I grew up close to Larpenteur. I lived on Christie Pl. right across from the cemetery by the catholic church. My parents shopped there every payday. As kids my siblings and cousins would walk to Shopper's City often. I can still picture the layout in my head. My cousins and I would wait by the stairs for the furniture dept. until we saw some adults heading upstairs and we would follow them up. They never would let us kids up there by ourselves so this is how we snuck up there. Such wonderful memories! Who were your relatives that lived on Larpenteur?
Susan

Staten Island, NY

#29 May 21, 2013
My friends and I used to go over to the Brooklyn Center one after school let out at Garden City Elementary next door. There weren't many places for kids to hang out in the 'burbs, so Shopper's City was IT. When my Swedish grandparents drove up from Iowa to visit us, they would time their drive so they could eat lunch as the cafe, then shop around until we were home from school. I actually think they liked it better than Southdale, which was the only mall back then.
Dan

Lincoln, NE

#30 Jul 10, 2013
Just left the site of the Columbia Heights store. I asked the Chad the store manager what this space was previously. He said a Shoppers City. He pointed to the mezzanine and said they even had a barber shop and beauty salon up there. It is now a Slumberland Clearance Center.
Susan

Staten Island, NY

#31 Jul 10, 2013
Rainman wrote:
There use to be one in Brooklyn ctr. Had a barber shop, bakery, and a doughnut making machine.Oh yes, and a large candy isle. Ah the memories.
My parents' house was one of the first in our Brooklyn Center neighborhood-- near Garden City school but on the other side of what was then Osseo Road. For the first few years, we had to go to Crystal to buy anything. So when Shopper's City arrived, it was a wonderland. And for us kids, someplace we could ride our bikes to. I remember in their grocery section they had snack cakes like Hostess. There was one called a Mickey's Banana Flip -- artificial, loaded with sugar, unhealthy to the max and absolutely fantastic. I think it cost 12 cents.
steve

AOL

#32 Aug 4, 2013
flightmare wrote:
Anyone out there remember Zayer Shopper City back in the 60's and early 70"s? We use to go there all the time- just tell mom we were headed up to "shops' and we'd be back with a ton of candy!!
they had a great arcade and all the best 45;s 4 88cents
shawn

Longview, WA

#33 Aug 29, 2013
I remember the one on white bear had a pet shop.
they had a monkey in it but my mom refused to buy it for me
MrMambo

United States

#34 Nov 12, 2014
I remember the Shopper City in Brooklyn Center, BUT, being an old guy I also remember the Atlantic Mills store in Crystal, which I believe might have been there first.
pettacom

New York, NY

#35 Nov 12, 2014
MrMambo wrote:
I remember the Shopper City in Brooklyn Center, BUT, being an old guy I also remember the Atlantic Mills store in Crystal, which I believe might have been there first.
Ha! I remember Atlantic Mills too. A junk trap but I was fascinated by a machine that made donuts. It did predate Shopper's City by a few years. I remember because when we first moved in, in 1957, Crystal and that strip mall with a grocery store, Woolworth's, Warner's Hardware etc., near the Atlantic Mills place, was the closest shopping, and my parents went there every Saturday morning and filled in in-between with Lane and Ernst on Brooklyn Boulevard (then Osseo Road). It was very exciting when Shopper's City opened because I could walk or ride my bike there, and they sold absolutely everything. And we could go there after school at Garden City.
kevin

New Haven, CT

#36 Dec 1, 2014
YES...I remember Zayer...I bought a suit with 2 pairs of pants,and 2 vests for $9.99.
It was about 1964.
Heather

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Dec 1, 2014
Cheryl Pierson wrote:
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Tom, I grew up close to Larpenteur. I lived on Christie Pl. right across from the cemetery by the catholic church. My parents shopped there every payday. As kids my siblings and cousins would walk to Shopper's City often. I can still picture the layout in my head. My cousins and I would wait by the stairs for the furniture dept. until we saw some adults heading upstairs and we would follow them up. They never would let us kids up there by ourselves so this is how we snuck up there. Such wonderful memories! Who were your relatives that lived on Larpenteur?
This old thread comes to life, 1st time I've seen it.

Growing up in NSP we shopped at Shoppers City all the time. Had a cousin who worked in the optical department there, can't remember the name, maybe Gem optical. I recall the cheap gas they had, musta been in the '60s because it was 19 cents a gallon. They had a little gas station in the parking lot.

The building is now used as a church, the last time I noticed. Amazing the building hasn't been demolished, many old things are demoed.

Life goes on.
Heather

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Dec 1, 2014
Gaylord wrote:
Help! Across White Bear Ave (to the west) from Shopper's City in Maplewood was a chicken place called Jerry's Chicken, later Jerry's Family Restaurant. They boasted "Minnesota Fried Chicken" and had the absolute best chicken and onion rings I've had in the 35 years I went there.
A number of years ago they closed - with no notice that I was aware of. Anyone know what happened or - most importantly - where to get that great chicken again?
Jerry's was a hangout for street crowd with car hops.

The last place to sell broasted chicken was the Countryside Restaurant that WAS located on Snelling Ave in Roseville just north of Midway Ford on the west side of Snelling. However, You are a year late because it closed a year ago and is being converted into a Pizza place with other menu items as well, maybe broasted chicken will be available.
Rooster

Pueblo, CO

#39 Jul 24, 2015
Topper wrote:
Yea I remember shoppers city in Brooklyn enter. I worked in as a bag boy in the grocery department then in the toys/sporting goods then in the camera department for a total of 5 years. I was in the work program the last year I was there. The store manager Dell Holman tried to get me fired two times because I wasn't scared enough of him when he would shout out orders( his wife liked me). I fell in love with a little red head named Linda J. that worked in the jewelry department but I was too shy to tell her. Boy did I screw that up.
I also worked at Shoppers City for Del Holman. I agree, that guy was a real prick. He hated my guts and even challenged me to a fight behind the store. I probably could have kicked his sorry ass, but I needed to hang on to the job I had at that time. Other than having to work for that a-hole, I enjoyed working at Shoppers. I even scored a few dates while working there.
Clarence

Minneapolis, MN

#40 Jul 29, 2016
Cliff wrote:
I remember going to the one in Brooklyn Center many times. That's where my dad bought me my first BB gun much to the disaproval of my mom. Very good memory for me.
I was born on my birfday.
Anonymous

Plymouth, MN

#41 Aug 16, 2016
Topper wrote:
Yea I remember shoppers city in Brooklyn enter. I worked in as a bag boy in the grocery department then in the toys/sporting goods then in the camera department for a total of 5 years. I was in the work program the last year I was there. The store manager Dell Holman tried to get me fired two times because I wasn't scared enough of him when he would shout out orders( his wife liked me). I fell in love with a little red head named Linda J. that worked in the jewelry department but I was too shy to tell her. Boy did I screw that up.
My Mom worked there with Dell Holman's wife, Dawn at the service counter for many years starting when it first opened.

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