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Big Bear: 3723 S. High St.

This store opened in the Great Southern Shopping Center on the south side of town on Dec. 7, 1960.

Store #: 36
Opening date: Dec. 7, 1960
Closing date: 2004
There now: Vacant (formerly Franklin County’s Job and Family Services’ South Opportunity Center)


Customers could trade in stamps collected from purchases at in-store redemption centers.


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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.