Salina's Historical Five-and-Dime Store

Salina's Historical Five-and-Dime Store
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Step back in time to the year 1912, when Salina proudly welcomed the arrival of a true pioneer in the world of retail: Woolworth's five-and-dime store. Situated at 211 N. Santa Fe, this iconic establishment became an integral part of the city's fabric. A fascinating snapshot from the 1920s offers a glimpse into the store's bustling interior.

The photograph from the Smoky Hill Museum showcases an era when Woolworth's transcended its traditional five-and-dime identity, as prominently declared by a sign in the background: "Nothing in the store over 15 cents." During this period, the store served as a treasure trove of affordable goods, catering to the diverse needs and budgets of Salina's residents.

As the years rolled by, the cherished Woolworth's store eventually closed its doors in the 1960s, leaving behind a rich legacy in the hearts of local patrons. Nevertheless, the Woolworth brand continued to evolve, giving rise to the discount store concept with the introduction of Woolco. From 1971 to 1982, Salina residents were delighted to find Woolco nestled within the Mid-State Mall, offering them a new shopping destination.

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