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Big Bear: 1251 N. Memorial Drive, Lancaster

Lancaster’s first Big Bear store opened in 1960.

Store #: 34
Opening date: May 18, 1960
There now: Waterbeds ‘n’ Stuff

As part of the “bear” theme, a live bear provided entertainment for customers at the grand opening.


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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.