Reading, Pa.

A throwback flourishing in the present By Joe Paone In a simpler retailing time, back in the late 1960s through the 1980s, shoppers looked to the various mall and downtown department store anchors for clothing, electronics, appliances, toys, furniture, luggage, sporting goods—you name it, they had it. In the time since, discounters like Wal-Mart and Target, as well as national big-box chains catering to one market, such as Best Buy and Circuit City in the electronics space, have rendered many of the old regional department store chains extinct. In southeastern Pennsylvania alone, names like Bamberger's, Wanamaker's, Gimbel's and Pomeroy's have long since disappeared from the full-service department

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