4.12.09

WARWICK SHOPPERS WORLD


 
WARWICK SHOPPERS WORLD 
- Several throughout RI - It carried everything from housewares 
to clothing "The Original Walmart".
Taken over by Zayre's Then taken over Ames
- Closed in the late 70's.
 
 
photo courtesy of Dave Aldrich - visit his site here

21 comments:

  1. Where was Warwick Shopper's world located? I vaguely remember going there as a kid

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    1. corner of Hartford Ave. and Killingly Street whaere BDS Discount is next to save-a-lot and on Warwick Ave where the Shaws Market is now

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    2. I remember in the 60's in Middletown it was on West Main road, then became Zayres. Close to one of the gates to get on the Navy base. I was one of those navy brats, proud to say

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  2. I remember two...one was over there on Route 5 where that little triangle of land is where the two roads meet, across from Marshall's (formerly the location of the Cranston Drive In) and the brick building that was old Eclipse plant. The other was on Warwick Avenue somewhere...maybe that big building where Route 37 and Post Road meet?

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  3. It was located on Warwick Avenue on the Cranston /Warwick Line next to the Pawtuxet River.

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  4. Correct, Lakewood, Warwick Ave. Where Shaw's is Now!

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  5. A big one in Middletown, RI. It had "the Cinderalla Room" which sold evening wear and wedding dresses.

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  6. there was also one in providence on the johnston- providence line on killingly street.it had a toy department and sporting goods in the basement.

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  7. As a kid, I remember being able to see the movies playing on the screen at the Cranston Drive-In from the parking lot of WSW on Route 2 while my mother shopped.

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  8. The Warwick Ave Shoppers Worlds building at one time was a roller rink. My father mentioned that when I was a kid and when you looked at the ceiling you could see where the rink ended and the addition for the store began.

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  9. Anyone remember Howdy Burgers (which should be on this gone-but-not-forgotten list) and the House of Bargains across Warwick Ave. from the Shoppers World? We could ride our bikes from Edgewood, buy toys and baseballs and stuff at WSW and the HoB, and stuff our faces with burgers and fries at Howdy's - $100 worth of fun for about six bucks.

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    1. My Mom also told me the WSW was a roller rink!My son and his friend worked at Howdy Burgers for a short time!I remember HoB also and Miami Diner just up the street!

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  10. Yes I too remember WSW I have been gone from the RI state for 42 years but i have fond memory's of going their with my Grand Mother, Father,and Mother. Those were the days. My Grand Mother spoke of the roller rink too.

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  11. Howdy's Beef Burgers - my ex's idea of a date to sit in the parking lot. I was/am a vegan - he got off cheap !!!

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  12. There was one on Taunton Ave East Providence it was connected to the old Wampanoug Mall the mall is gone I believe part of the WSW is a marshallls

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  13. I can't quite recall the WSW in Middletown selling wedding gowns, but maybe it did and I don't remember. I would have no reason to look at wedding gowns at 6 years old! I do remember they had a snack counter in the corner of the store, opposite the checkout lanes, and they was an inside open doorway that connected them to Star Market. You could take bags from WSW into Star Market but not the other way around (and who would want to tote around frozen stuff anyway?)

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  14. I went to the one on Warwick Ave often as a kid. It had a long food counter in the front of the store. There was also a bank and a First National store in the same plaza. Didn't the howdy burger become a Burger Chef?

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  15. I vaguely remember as a kid one being in North Kingstown at Post Road and Frenchtown Road. It became a Zayre, than an Ames. I don't know what is there now, been living in Florida since 2006.

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    1. what';s there now is a store called Mill Stores... They sell unfinished furniture... I did a google search, and saw the empty parking lot, but saw other cars in front of other businesses... can't tell if they were still in business or not

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