Image of interior service desk from The Miami News, May 20, 1970.
The second and third images are from The Miami News of the grand opening from May 20, 1970.
The closest relative to it is the also defunct Lechmere stores, which were for a time operated by Montgomery Ward. Gold Triangle got its start in 1968. Three stores opened in Fort Lauderdale, Dadeland and Skylake Mall in 1970. Within a year, three more stores opened in Tampa and Orlando along with an additional South Florida store in Hialeah. As a side note, it should be noted that Skyland Mall, built in 1969, was demolished in 2000. At its peak, the chain grew to six stores with additional stores in Orlando, Tampa, and Hialeah added in the late 70's. Though operated by Federated, the chain was Hialeah, FL-based.
In November 1981, it was announced that Gold Triangle would liquidate and close down the entire chain. Apparently the odd format proved ultimately to be unprofitable, but this did not mean that Gold Triangle was being sold off. Instead, Federated decided to bring its Atlanta-based Richway division to Florida. Opening in 1982, the new Richway stores were all in new locations meaning the former Gold Triangle locations either remained vacant or were sold off. A distinct design element with Gold Triangle stores were a two-sided tent structure over the entrance designed to look like a pyramid from a distance. It is not clear why Gold Triangle went under so quickly. Perhaps they were not able to compete with Lechmere, the catalog stores, and the emerging electronics stores at the time. Perhaps the store was an experiment that helped them to learn what they wanted. They lasted a little more than a decade. By closing them, they were able to raise the capital needed to bring Richway to Florida.
1981 YouTube video showing Black Friday shoppers at several South Florida stores, including the doomed Gold Triangle, which closed shortly after. The store shown here is the Dadeland Mall location.
Here is the list of the former Gold Triangle locations. Because of demolition and redevelopment of the sites of many of these buildings, it is impossible to pinpoint exactly where these Gold Triangle locations were:
- Kendall: 7420 SW 88th Streeet
- Across from Dadeland Mall
- Demolished for apartments
- Fort Lauderdale: NW Corner of U.S. 441 & W. Broward Blvd.
- Appears to have been just north of Westgate Shopping Center
- Skylake: Skylake Mall
- Mall has since been redeveloped
- Orlando: 718 Maguire Blvd (off of Colonial Drive)
- West of Orlando Fashion Square
- Replaced with a Target
- Appears to be using same building with extensive updates
- Tampa: 2525 Dale Mabry Highway
- Currently a Winn-Dixie at that address
- May have been the larger building closer to the corner with Columbus Drive
- Hialeah: 1800 W 46th Terrace
- Street name no longer exists, but is located near the junction of W 49th St & Palmetto Expressway
- Exact location unclear, but looks to be where Staples is currently
 Hughes, Le A. "Gold Triangle stores to close after Christmas". The Miami News. 17 November 1981.