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Bruce

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Jun 9, 2012
 

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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

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#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

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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

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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

Saint Paul, MN

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#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

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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.

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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?
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#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

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#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.
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#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

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#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

Saint Paul, MN

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#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

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