The folks over at Vintage Richmond have unearthed a great photo of what used to be a Sears on the 1700 block of Broad Street.
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I was always wondering what used to be in that building.
My mom used to take me shopping there for Toughskins. After we bought the clothes we’d stop off at the candy and nut counter in the back of the store and I’d get a little white paper bag of Swedish Fish. They used the same scoop for the mixed nuts as the candy. To this day I like to sprinkle a little salt on my Swedish Fish before I eat them.
Maybe if I didn’t eat so many Swedish Fish I wouldn’t have had to shop in the Husky department.
We used to go shopping there at least once a month. Once, I got left behind when my mom and my older sister got on the down escalator and I remember crying my heart out because I was to scared to get on by myself. From the bottom of the escalator, my mom tried to console me until she could figure out how to maneuver my sister and her packages to come get me.
Through my tears, I felt myself being suddenly hoisted in the air and placed on those moving stairs. Some really nice man helped the poor crying child. As I turned around, all I saw (or remember) of him was hit hat.
The old art deco stainless steel escalators are still in there. Its being used by Sauer’s for bottling spices on conveyor machines now. I was in there a few years ago looking it over. There are sheets of oil based paint peeling off the plaster walls. I saw Santa Claus there when I was a kid.
What’s in there now?
The problem is what’s OUTSIDE there now. It’s a disgusting mess. Litter. Public intoxication mid-day (because thats ok at night :))- scary corner. gross. Before someone replies crying about rights of the homeless who sleep under the awning, tell me if you would allow your kids to hang out there? Like Monroe park – its a pathetic piece of Richmond.
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