The departure of U.S. retail giant Target offers a contrast to the days when people formed lasting bonds with classic department stores and food stores across the city of Hamilton – architectural gems downtown like The Arcade and Eaton’s – where elevator operators wore white gloves and ladies sipped tea in the Green Room. As The Spectator’s Jon Wells writes, we once flocked to these stores to relax, aspire and shop with a shared faith that this was as good as it gets.
The city is full of shopping history, including the opening of the brand new Woolworth’s.
When Simpsons-Sears opened, it was a big event, drawing head office execs from Chicago.
Edgar G. Burton (right), president of Simpson-Sears Ltd. , visits the new store. Left to Right: General Manager Gene Coffman, Findley Williams, manager of national store planning and display for the parent company in Chicago, and Robert C. Gibson, VP merchandising. Nov. 12, 1954. Hamilton Historical collection
Simpson-Sears staff. Nov. 8, 1954. Hamilton Historical collection.
Fennell Square was a popular destination.
Eatons was a prime destination. Redevelopment began in the 1950s.