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Big Bear: 1195 Park Ave. W., Mansfield

Mansfield’s first Big Bear opened in 1956.

Store #: 24
Opening date: March 20, 1956
There now: Dollar General Market

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Shoppers pulled their cars up to the storefront to collect their groceries.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Inside, customers found familiar brands, such as Wonder Bread.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Store sections were carefully organized and labeled.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Encyclopedia volumes sold for less than a dollar each.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Customers collected Buckeye stamps and traded them in for toys, household items, services and more.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Checkout lines were long and crowded during the grand opening.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection


Related Video

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.