Category Archives: Defunct Stores

Pamida is Gone But the Old Building Remains

By | July 31, 2021

Abandoned Pamida stores are a common site across the Upper Midwest. Pamida was basically a smaller version of Walmart, located in towns which were too small to attract one. In Park Rapids, Minnesota, as in many other places, the town grew to the point where Walmart built a Supercenter. The effect on Pamida was swift… Read More »

Montgomery Ward Hand Towel Still in Use

By | October 23, 2020

Once-upon-a-time, stuff was made in America and built to last. Take this Montgomery Ward hand towel, for example. My parents purchased this back in the 1970s. After 5 decades, it’s still going strong. Thick, quality fabric is used here. Compare that to the towels being sold today: you’re lucky to get a year’s worth of… Read More »

Holiday Brand Pop (Minnesota Speak for “Soda”)

By | August 18, 2017

How many of you remember buying a case of these to take camping or up to the cabin? Holiday Village was Minnesota’s original superstore. If you couldn’t find it there, you didn’t need it! They sold everything from tennis balls to television sets. From gerbils to groceries, Holiday Village was your go-to place for whatever… Read More »