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Big Bear: 3515 Cleveland Ave.

This location reopened as a Big Bear Plus store in 1996.

Store #: 21
Opening date: June 8, 1954
Closing date: 2004
There now: Shoppers World and Citi Trends

Customers queued for the grand opening of the new store at the Northern Lights Shopping Center on the Northeast Side of town.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Big Bear celebrated the opening of the new location with a live bear.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Customers took photos with the bear, and small children even posed on the bear.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Food Club was one of Big Bear’s “house brands.”

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.