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    Posted: 01/March/2015 at 1:01pm
Came across this while researching other topics. Thought people might enjoy a blast from the past. 

Besides buying Christmas gifts and underwear at the old Zayre store on Roosevelt, it was the place where I first heard Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love, playing on a record player. I think I forgot what I went there to buy. But I sure bought the album. 

The site is now the empty lot where PMSA student walk around for gym classes. 


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I still have a set of sheets I bought there for my first forest park apartment in 1978. Remember the smell of pizza when you walked in?

How about Lemon Tree restaurant next to Zayre?
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The last time my husband and I went to Zayre's there was a large pile of human excrement in one of the clothing aisles. Would have been better if it was in the paper goods aisle:) We never went back.

Remember the 2 chicken places, one on Harlem just North of Roosevelt, the other west on Roosevelt, think where the bank, car wash are now. It later became Cosmo's, hamburger buns you could use as a hockey puck:)
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Originally posted by logic logic wrote:

The last time my husband and I went to Zayre's there was a large pile of human excrement in one of the clothing aisles. Would have been better if it was in the paper goods aisle:) We never went back.

Remember the 2 chicken places, one on Harlem just North of Roosevelt, the other west on Roosevelt, think where the bank, car wash are now. It later became Cosmo's, hamburger buns you could use as a hockey puck:)


Zayre displayed the leapfrog phenomena that befalls chain stores. Locals bypass stores closest for the illusion of "better" farther away. Those local to those stores decry the invasion and jump to the next one, and so on.

Brown's Chicken was on Harlem where the big teeth kids' dentist is now. The Red Barn sat where the carwash is now while Set Back Inn/Smitty's occupied the bank site.

The place I miss most is Dewey's...
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Originally posted by logic logic wrote:

... there was a large pile of human excrement in one of the clothing aisles. 

That was just Anthony Bruno out scouting "potential locations." Just doing what he's always done as a matter of course to every municipality to which he's invited. 
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