I loved Woolworth's. If I went with my mom I could always count on her buying me a toy. Something inexpensive but for a kid it would make my day. Often my week.
The sheer variety of the place was dazzling. No other store carried such a wide variety of stuff. (Good word Suzanne.) On a rainy day I would just wander the aisles. It made me feel good that if I wanted to I could buy something. There were lots of things that a kid could afford.
The Woolworths that I knew all had lunch counters. I think the first meal I ever bought for myself was a burger at the counter. The prices were ridiculously low, even for the times. I remembered the counters as being green. Looks like I was right.
At one point in my 30s I worked in the Pan Am building and there was a big Woolworth's nearby on the corner of 42nd St. and Third Avenue. I was too young to recognize what nostalgia was but I did get a kick out of walking around the store at lunch time. They seemed to carry everything. Socks. Little bathroom night lights. In season, Christmas decorations. They even had a lunch counter.
Eventually the parent company who owned Woolworth's and other retail stores turned it into a Footlocker. I missed it and I was surprised to hear a lot of my co-workers say the same thing. I thought I was alone.
In NYC over the last 20 years we've been invaded by chain drug stores - Duane Reades and Rite Aids and others. A funny thing has happened. Bit by bit they've started offering more and more items that were never found in traditional drug stores until their drug store inventory is only 30% of the total.
They're morphing into Woolworths.
"I don't understand what's wrong with thinking of correlation as a pricing convention the way one thinks of Black-Scholes vol. I mean, vol curves aren't "real" anyway, but nobody uses local vol models to price vanilla options." - Taion
"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion
I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.
"once the penis came out, there was discussions as to why we didn't order the testicles" - Daniel describing a meal in China