Let’s Pour One Out for Discount Department Stores

Why we should mourn the passing of this once ubiquitous retail category.

Dennis Sanders
5 min readMar 18, 2023

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A picture of the Ames store in Lowville, NY. Public domain.

There’s a picture of my Dad from the mid-1970s where he is standing at the counter of a store. I don’t know who took it, but since it was a Polaroid and those were the going camera at the time, my guess it was a store clerk. The picture is significant not just…

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Dennis Sanders

Middle-aged Midwesterner. I write about religion, politics and culture. Podcast: churchandmain.org newsletter: https://churchandmain.substack.com/