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flightmare

Seattle, WA

#1 Mar 3, 2006
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!!
Rainman

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 10, 2006
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.
caj

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 31, 2006
There was one in Columbia Heights. They had the coolest game room. Many days were spent shooting pool, playing air hockey and pinball. Those were the days. Now all we have is super centers. What a waste!!!
HSM

United States

#4 Jan 6, 2007
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.
Yes, yes, yes!! I remember that one.
CHARLIE

Maple Grove, MN

#5 Feb 6, 2007
caj wrote:
There was one in Columbia Heights. They had the coolest game room. Many days were spent shooting pool, playing air hockey and pinball. Those were the days. Now all we have is super centers. What a waste!!!
WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD I SPENT THE EVENING OF THE MAY 6 1965 FRIDLEY TORNADO THERE UNTILL THEY KICKED US OUT INTO THE STORM. WE WERE SITTING BY THE TV SECTION AND THE ALARMS WENT OFF ON ALL OF THEM AT ONCE. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT YEARS IT WAS OPEN?
Holly

Detroit Lakes, MN

#6 Dec 28, 2007
I met my husband in the Brooklyn Center Zayres where we both worked 35 years ago. I worked in the candy, tobacco section and he was a security guard.
DAStehr

Savage, MN

#7 Sep 16, 2008
I actually bought some store fixtures from the one in Columbia Heights when they closed in spring of 1973.
Thomas C

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 25, 2009
es,I rember the '65 twister and what zayer looked like mthen.a carnival like ride was damaged.I was playing kick the can when the sirens blew.Hmmm,I am 50 now.
Thomas C

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jan 25, 2009
I hope grammer doesn't count,my last post sucks a bit,anyone remember the fridley twister of '65 ?
JJJ

Brookfield, WI

#10 Jan 30, 2009
Thomas C wrote:
I hope grammer doesn't count,my last post sucks a bit,anyone remember the fridley twister of '65 ?
I was only 1 at the time the tornados went thru but lived in Heights close to where the Shopper City store was (It's Rainbow Foods now) We shopped there all of the time up until it closed.
Gaylord

Plymouth, MN

#11 May 5, 2009
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?
pat haley

Maple Grove, MN

#12 Nov 6, 2009
do you remember Kathy Herman or Dave Haley or Mel Haley
Holly wrote:
I met my husband in the Brooklyn Center Zayres where we both worked 35 years ago. I worked in the candy, tobacco section and he was a security guard.
Sue Waggoner

Forest Hills, NY

#13 Feb 6, 2010
I remember the floor plan of the Brooklyn Center one like the back of my hand. We were one of the first houses in our development across Osseo Road (now Brooklyn Blvd) from it. I think it opened about the same time they built Garden City Elementary School next to it (c. 1960)-- I went to 4th & 5th grade there, and after school we would to to Shoppers City and look at all the stuff. It was really the first store in that area, except for a drug store and the tiny Lane & Ernst grocery store farther down Osseo Road. When Shoppers City opened we thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. There was a grocery store in it, and a bakery, drugstore, patio restaurant, big toy section, even a music section that sold records and sheet music. They sold clothes, too, and school supplies and almost everything else you could think of. There was even a kiosk that sold pop and soft serve ice cream cones. I remember a small cone was just a nickle. The barber shop was on an upper mezzanine/gallery level, where they also sold (if you can believe it) furniture.
Fine Line

Anoka, MN

#14 Mar 8, 2010
Yep Mom and Dad both worked for Shopper city
RichT

Sun Prairie, WI

#15 Jul 27, 2010
Topper

Clearwater, MN

#16 Nov 28, 2010
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.
Todd

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jan 30, 2012
I was there also with my brothers, sister, mom and aunt. I was 4 at the time and main memory was of people standing looking at the sky in the parking lot. That wouldn't happen today I don't think.
Todd

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 30, 2012
I was there also, my Mother had a TOPS meeting that night I was with my Brothers, Sister, Mom and Aunt. I was only 4, I remember being kicked out into the storm and everyone looking at the sky.
Kristine

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 5, 2012
caj wrote:
There was one in Columbia Heights. They had the coolest game room. Many days were spent shooting pool, playing air hockey and pinball. Those were the days. Now all we have is super centers. What a waste!!!
My Dad use to like to go there and eat lunch at the one in Columbia Heights on Saturdays. I use to hate going there sorry. One time he yelled at this lady while we were sitting there for staring at us. God thought I was going to die. Kristine
Cliff

Minneapolis, MN

#20 May 4, 2012
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.

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