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Harts: Bridgeport

Big Bear Stores Co. opened the first Harts Family Center discount department store in Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1963.

Store #: 90
Opening date: 1963

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Big Bear Stores Co. purchased Harts Stores in 1954. At the time, two Harts stores were located in the basements of Big Bear stores.

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The History of Big Bear Stores

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