WATCH: Now Defunct Department Store Commercials

As retail buying habits shift more and more online, it's hard to believe that in the not so distant past, there were quite a few big department stores competing for our business. Here's a few classic commercials floating around YouTube. 

1. The Joy Store

  • There were several locations around the Capital Region up until the early 90's
  • And check out those deals on film developing!

2. Montgomery Ward

  • A giant department store similar to Sears, which had locations all over the country
  • Although they don't have any physical stores anymore, they still exist online

3. Lechmere

  • Gotta give 'em credit, they lasted up until 1997 when they closed all remaining stores due to bankruptcy
  • The Albany area had one at the old Northway Mall, now the Northway Shopping Center

4. Woolworth

  • There were several locations around Albany, including what is now the Pearl Street Pub 
  • They were famous for their lunch counter

5. Ames

  • At one point, they had 700 stores and strengthened their brand in the 80's and 90's by buying out smaller, financially struggling chains like Bradlees and Jamesway
  • Stores began to close down in 1999 and the entire chain closed in 2002. 

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