Store #: 24
Opening date: March 20, 1956
There now: Dollar General Market
Shoppers pulled their cars up to the storefront to collect their groceries.
Inside, customers found familiar brands, such as Wonder Bread.
Store sections were carefully organized and labeled.
Encyclopedia volumes sold for less than a dollar each.
Customers collected Buckeye stamps and traded them in for toys, household items, services and more.
Checkout lines were long and crowded during the grand opening.
The History of Big Bear Stores
Former Big Bear Stores Co. president Stephen Breech and historian Doreen Uhas Sauer reminisce about the Columbus company, its growth to 65 grocery stores and numerous department stores across multiple states, the sale of the company and its eventual demise.