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Big Bear: 660 Central Center, Chillicothe

In 1956, Big Bear opened a store in Chillicothe’s Central Shopping Center.

Store #: 25
Opening date: April 10, 1956
Closing date: 2004
There now: A closed Community Markets store

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

Like many other store locations, the grand opening here featured a live bear. Children lined up to ride the bear.

Big Bear Collection at Ohio History Connection

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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.