4.12.09

ANN & HOPE




ANN & HOPE (the Original)
Cumberland, RI -
credited with pioneering many practices that are commonplace
today in modern big box stores. The building and store were
named after a ship, the Ann and Hope, which was lost at sea
off of Block Island, Rhode Island in 1806. All of the Ann & Hope
department stores closed in the spring of 2001, except for the
two Rhode Island stores: the original location in Cumberland
and the store in Warwick. The two locations that remained open
were downsized significantly and turned into off-price "outlet stores."

16 comments:

  1. We always shopped at Ann & Hope. My first typewriter, a Smith Corona Galaxie Deluxe, came from Ann & Hope. They had the best popcorn in town, too..."Air Popt" it was called. I was rummaging around in my old things the other day and found a price tag from Ann & Hope!

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    1. Yup, awesome popcorn. The snack bar area was in between Ann & Hope and the Stop & Shop. Places to sit down and have a hot dog, hamburger or my favorite, the infamous Ann & Hope pizza! If you got two pepperonis on a slice, you were lucky, but the pizza itself was the best.

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  2. can someone please tell me if they remember having to pay to use the bathroom. I recall a coin dispenser (similar to a bubble gum machine) on the stall door. Did I dream that up?

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  3. ha, Funny you can remember that - there was a fee to use the toilet BUT if someone was in the stall that would almost Always let you in for Free - i guess it wasn't much of a MoneMaker for the outlet !!!

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    1. Lol I do remember that I think I may have crawled under a time or two..

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  4. I remember the Dartmouth one had them too. As a kid I never understood why you needed to pay to pee! As kids we used to just crawl under the door to go if we had to go really bad. I got yelled at by an old lady for doing it.

    I miss Ann & Hope. I do shop at the outlets. I have bags and price tags from A & H in my defunct retail collection.

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  5. Worst business practice ever was charging customers to pay to use the restrooms. I always got an icee and popcorn at ann+hope.

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  6. Loved the one in Cumberland. I use to walk the train tracks from the Pawtucket/Attleboro line to go there...

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  7. Still there but it's all home goods. The only place I can find 54 " long curtains. I loved their clothes - many good names at reasonable prices and up-to-date. I remember my youngest son wanting a "Michael Jackson" jacket so I took him there. I didn't have much money, it was what the kids called 'pleather' but he always had it on. We used to laugh as he headed off to school in the rain. I figured someday he'd come home and all the zippers would be rusted and I'd have to cut the jacket off him.

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  8. HA!. I am still wearing a Pulsar watch I bought there (in the 80s?) at the jewellery counter right near where there was an escalator to take the carts up and down stairs.
    I used to work there in 1965 and I I was just there at the Flea market this morning! Things sure have changed!

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  9. Rocky point park had 10 cent toilet booths too.. Ann and Hope was good for letting you do your Xmas shopping and they would store everything for you while you paid for it on a layaway plan.

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  10. My Mom always took me clothes shopping at Ann & Hope. Used to go to the one in Warwick. It was cheaper than the Mall and they had nice stuff. Good memories!

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  11. I will never forget this Store,alot of memories for me! the one on Post Road Warwick RI, was a favorite shopping place for my Mother,and Grandmother's

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  12. Ann & Hope had the very best curtain dept in RI. The quality and prices were awesome!! Now the curtains come from China and you get 1/2 pair in a package......it's like getting 1 sock in a package......the cloth is cheezy and falls apart after one washing........

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  13. I used to buy really cheap reel-to-reel audio tape there in the early 60's for my Webcor tape recorder. Best Chrisrmas present ever! I still have some of the reels, but no way to play them.

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  14. My mother took me back-to-school clothes shopping at the Ann & Hope near the airport in Warwick every year until about 7th grade. Other memories include going to visit Santa at Christmas, standing in the line, but being too afraid, crying and leaving the line when it was almost my turn. Also remember going to buy Polaroid film before vacations. And the BEST: getting ICEE's or soft serve ice cream cones with chocolate or rainbow jimmies after a long afternoon of shopping.

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