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 celebrated the opening of the new location with a live bear.
Customers took photos with the bear, and small children even posed on the bear.
Food Club was one of Big Bear’s “house brands.”
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.