Store #: 20
There now: Bob Evans
The store’s grand opening drew shoppers from around town.
The Big Bear store sign stood out among other signage in the shopping center.
Big Bear Stores Co. founder Wayne Brown posed for photos with customers.
The deli counter employees wore matching uniforms and hairnets with Big Bear headbands.
The store’s bear logo lit up after dark.
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.