Amsterdam’s All Time Top Ten List of Downtown Chain Department Stores

A few posts ago we shared our choices for five of the top ten independently owned stores in downtown Amsterdam. Today’s post examines the first five of the all-time top ten department/specialty store chains that used to operate branches in that same Main Street shopping district. In addition to affording our city some great choices to shop for lots of different kinds of stuff, these chain stores cumulatively employed hundreds of Amsterdam residents who gave these retail spaces an intimate hometown feel and also represented a significant amount of Amsterdam’s disposable income as well. Typically, when I present a Top Ten list I write a short profile describing and paying sort of a tribute to each entry. I’m going to try something a bit different with these memorable Amsterdam chain stores, so here goes.

Number 10:

Number 9:

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Number 7:

Number 6:

Number 5:

I’ve got five more old newspaper ads to display from the top five former Amsterdam chain stores on this list. You’ll be able to see them in my “Book of 50 Top Ten All-Time Amsterdam Lists,” which is scheduled for release later this year. 

The April issue of my free Amsterdam Blog Newsletter has just been completed and will be distributed tomorrow (Wednesday, April 26, 2017) morning. In it, I reveal who the second group of five coaches are on my all-time top ten list of Amsterdam High School head coaches. If you’re already on the newsletter’s e-mail distribution list, you’ll learn their identities. If you’re not on the newsletter list, you can sign up here. 

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