Question: History of Dunkirk-Fredonia...
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Rochester, NY

#21 Apr 20, 2011
I remember the 1st time in Ames: When you walked down stairs, and all the baseball stuff was along side the stairwell. The smell of fresh gloves and mits. It was amazing at that time...
gillmasonman fl

Tampa, FL

#22 Apr 20, 2011
Grants,...Niesners,.. present company....was it grants or neisners that had the diner?...always thought pres. co. was a cool little store.... just wondering, is your host still there?...and yes i rem covered wagon at its swan and lsd local. also.and loblaws on rt 5....went to ames on talcott,with my dad in the 60's...to buy an AMERICAN, HOMETOWN MADE True Temper shovel..,,ya know, the days when everyone was working, and the sole provider was able to PROVIDE ! good memories.does anyone know why kraft left the talcott location.?I still think the sept.tamatoe smell was from THAT place..since it ceased to exsits " in my memory" after they left...it was very heavy and strong... dont think we, dk. would get such a strong smell from fred. red wing... anyone ?????? and my freind worked there..., his clothes and car smelled exactlly like the sept smell.
Nightcrusin

Granite City, IL

#23 Apr 21, 2011
Pete wrote:
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I remember Loblaws on Main Street very near the State Theatre. I vaugly remember the Loblaws on Central. Wasn't there a model train store/hardware store there at one time? What was across the street? A Nu-Way?
Pete, The model train store was named "Smith Boys". It was on the east side of Central near Ehlers. They sold Lionel trains and acc. Does anyone remember "Hobbyland"? I believe it was on Main near 5th. or 6th.
extranice

Fredonia, NY

#24 Apr 26, 2011
Now we are left with an embarrassing Walmart "Superstore" and nothing else! My friend came into town last weekend and said How do you live here...I wonder myself sometimes.Having lived other places ..Dunkirk/Fredonia needs some kind of revitalization program to stop people from moving out of the area. In Dunkirk- I have never seen a bunch of backwards thinkers in my life...look at the resources !!! What are you afraid of? Bring businesses in with a tax break.. Utilize the waterfront..Maybe when all the old Polish people die ( sorry not wishing that on anyone) Dunkirk can benefit from new and younger ideas. This is what I say about the area..You can move away --but you will always be back( me included) Its like a ungodly pull Dunkirk has that calls back it's former residents and begs them to return. One more note..ever wonder why local people think going to Buffalo or Erie to shop is almost like a vacation...People the Earth doesn't end after leaving Dunkirk and driving for an hour either West or East lol. I can attest to that@!

Since: Jun 10

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#25 Apr 26, 2011
Jugs....the BEST texas hot dogs and curly fries in Dunkirk at the time! A great late night snack, and to also catch up with those you haven't seen in awhile.
ya all

Fredonia, NY

#26 Apr 26, 2011
remember the range lite and port inn,kings tavern...what great places !!

Since: Jun 10

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#27 Apr 26, 2011
ya all wrote:
remember the range lite and port inn,kings tavern...what great places !!
I was only a youngin' back then, but weren't those places dives?
ya all

Fredonia, NY

#28 Apr 30, 2011
yea...but they were fun dives!!!
Pollack

Buffalo, NY

#29 Apr 30, 2011
extranice wrote:
Now we are left with an embarrassing Walmart "Superstore" and nothing else! My friend came into town last weekend and said How do you live here...I wonder myself sometimes.Having lived other places ..Dunkirk/Fredonia needs some kind of revitalization program to stop people from moving out of the area. In Dunkirk- I have never seen a bunch of backwards thinkers in my life...look at the resources !!! What are you afraid of? Bring businesses in with a tax break.. Utilize the waterfront..Maybe when all the old Polish people die ( sorry not wishing that on anyone) Dunkirk can benefit from new and younger ideas. This is what I say about the area..You can move away --but you will always be back( me included) Its like a ungodly pull Dunkirk has that calls back it's former residents and begs them to return. One more note..ever wonder why local people think going to Buffalo or Erie to shop is almost like a vacation...People the Earth doesn't end after leaving Dunkirk and driving for an hour either West or East lol. I can attest to that@!


Who are you??? Can't believe you said what you did!!! You must be a real piece of work!!!It wasn't the Polish people that ruined Dunkirk, NY. I could give you the history of what those " old Polish people" did to get to Dunkirk many years ago and what they went through. I could tell you how hard they worked and provided for their families after they "got off the boat," I could tell you how they saved their money to make sure their offspring had good educations and would never ever take a hand out but I will not waste my time on the likes of you. Maybe it's people like you that are a hindrance.Yup, can't wait for all those old Polish people to die. They will then finally be relieved of their tax burdens which I'm sure will be the answer to all of Dunkirk's problems. Ever hear about a shrinking tax base? I'm also sure that all of the unwed mothers prancing around Dunkirk with their multitudes of uncared for children and all of our recent immigrants will be the solution to Dunkirk's problems!!!! Aren't they dying quick enough for you sweetie!?
ABC

Youngstown, NY

#30 Apr 30, 2011
Memories wrote:
Ames and then Zayre were in the area that now has TJ Maxx. Twin Fair was in the area where the car dealerships are on Vineyard. Fay's Drugs was also in that building at one point. I used to like Fay's. Then, Hills went into Twin Fair area. THEN, Ames went in where Hills was, I believe. KMart was on the lot where Home Depot is now.
I remember all these stores except the Zayres. I know Ames moved from one spot on MF Drive to the Movie Plex plaza (think where Brand Names was), then moved back to the MF Drive area. When/where did Zayres happen? I remember when Twin Fair opened and had the grocery store in the back. People were in disbelief at the concept of buying clothes and food at the same time. Now look, we have Wally World and K-mart, etc... more the norm than the unbelievable.

Thanks for your time.
khristkind

Lockport, NY

#31 May 5, 2011
Red Barn is occupied by pizza village
Dan

Buffalo, NY

#32 Apr 20, 2013
I worked at Ames from 1986-1989 which was located right by the Thruway toll booths, then Zayres came to town. Ames acquired Zayres but all the Ames employees were fired then the Zayres employees were hired and the new Ames store location took over the Zayres store.
DGolus

Irvine, CA

#33 Sep 8, 2014
Twin Fair opened just after Thanksgiving 1972. I was a freshman at SUNY Fredonia, remember checking out the beer six-pack prices with my roommate, on Friday, December 1, 1972. It snowed good that day.(The legal age was 18, then!) We were amazed how big the store was, and that it had both a grocery store and merchandise store under one roof - a new concept in 1972, and a big deal was made of its opening. Ames was in the small strip plaza on the east side of Bennett Rd, across near from where Twin Fair was, and it dealt a severe blow to Ames.
Also remember Kobacher's department store in the D&F Plaza. The Plaza was the ONLY shopping center in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area then.
oldie

Dunkirk, NY

#34 Sep 8, 2014
Don't forget A.Sam's grocery out on route 5!!
Ojobo

Bladensburg, MD

#35 Sep 9, 2014
She was right. It is tge old corrupt people and tgeir terrible decision making that got us into this shape. Poorer people move here because its so cheap!!!!! Its so cheap because the old people already ran it into the ground.
Pollack wrote:
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Who are you??? Can't believe you said what you did!!! You must be a real piece of work!!!It wasn't the Polish people that ruined Dunkirk, NY. I could give you the history of what those " old Polish people" did to get to Dunkirk many years ago and what they went through. I could tell you how hard they worked and provided for their families after they "got off the boat," I could tell you how they saved their money to make sure their offspring had good educations and would never ever take a hand out but I will not waste my time on the likes of you. Maybe it's people like you that are a hindrance.Yup, can't wait for all those old Polish people to die. They will then finally be relieved of their tax burdens which I'm sure will be the answer to all of Dunkirk's problems. Ever hear about a shrinking tax base? I'm also sure that all of the unwed mothers prancing around Dunkirk with their multitudes of uncared for children and all of our recent immigrants will be the solution to Dunkirk's problems!!!! Aren't they dying quick enough for you sweetie!?
Kochs

United States

#36 Sep 9, 2014
Pollack wrote:
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Who are you??? Can't believe you said what you did!!! You must be a real piece of work!!!It wasn't the Polish people that ruined Dunkirk, NY. I could give you the history of what those " old Polish people" did to get to Dunkirk many years ago and what they went through. I could tell you how hard they worked and provided for their families after they "got off the boat," I could tell you how they saved their money to make sure their offspring had good educations and would never ever take a hand out but I will not waste my time on the likes of you. Maybe it's people like you that are a hindrance.Yup, can't wait for all those old Polish people to die. They will then finally be relieved of their tax burdens which I'm sure will be the answer to all of Dunkirk's problems. Ever hear about a shrinking tax base? I'm also sure that all of the unwed mothers prancing around Dunkirk with their multitudes of uncared for children and all of our recent immigrants will be the solution to Dunkirk's problems!!!! Aren't they dying quick enough for you sweetie!?
All the freeloaders collecting welfare ruined Dunkirk.
Jingles

Albany, NY

#37 Sep 9, 2014
zero civic leadership and the old time labor union mentality put Dunkirk in a deficit from which it can not recover. Times change, but Dunkirk remains stuck in the 1950's.
RaineyDayz

Tonawanda, NY

#38 Jan 26, 2017
Dan wrote:
I worked at Ames from 1986-1989 which was located right by the Thruway toll booths, then Zayres came to town. Ames acquired Zayres but all the Ames employees were fired then the Zayres employees were hired and the new Ames store location took over the Zayres store.
I thought Twin Fair was there after Zayre's ?
Coorslitely

Springville, NY

#39 Jan 27, 2017
Veri wrote:
And there was a liquor store where Tim Horton's is now located.
No the liquior store was at the corner of Deer Street opposite from Tim Hortons
batman

Longwood, FL

#40 Jan 27, 2017
Hudson was the liquor store I think was 86 lsde...there was a bar called millers on the corner of main st.and e. 2nd. st...also millers furn. store at 212 lsde...macks funeral parlor across from monnies...270 lsde or so..many more I'm sure... zeppies.... lord and benton..

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