Town & Country grand opening flyer at North Hanover Plaza in Hanover, PA in 1965. It was the 12th in the chain. Image from "The Evening Sun" from September 15, 1965.
Clearly the logo didn't match the exterior in the first iteration of the store. It would be replaced with an awesome looking logo by the 1970's. Image from The Evening Sun from September 15, 1965.
October 12, 1966 ad from The Evening Sun.
1970 saw the enclosure of North Hanover Plaza into North Hanover Mall. The portion with Town & Country was fronted by an enclosed strip that ended at the former store. Kmart looks to have greatly expanded the store in later years. Image from April 1, 1970.
The 1971 reopening introduced us to that AMAZING "turbo" logo that was in use in the first part of the decade. Note the update to the entrance to accommodate the enclosure of the strip in front of the store. Image from The Evening Sun from June 29, 1971.
The interior of the updated Town & Country at North Hanover Mall. It looks small and cluttered by today's standards, but this was apparently spacious for the time. Image from The Evening Sun from June 29, 1971.
One more flyer from the grand reopening. Image from The Evening Sun from June 29, 1971.
Constant logo changes could not have helped the bottom line of Town & Country. This is the third and final version as shown in this ad from The Evening Standard from June 29, 1974.
Norman Rockwell dads are waiting to be showered with gifts on Fathers Day. They also want you to make sure you shop the specials at Town & Country! Image from The Evening Standard from June 29, 1974.
Maybe the Blues Brothers should have crashed into Town & Country instead of Dixie Square Mall, because "This place has everything!". Image from The Evening Standard from June 29, 1974.
The New York influence comes out in this ad. It was pretty clear that "Every day's a sale day at May's" was playing through their head when they came up with that slogan. It's also a bit ironic to see bone thin cartoon women with no butts in a clothing ad from a store whose parent company is Lane Bryant. Image from The Evening Standard from June 29, 1974.
Part of why I wrote a post on this store is that I kept bumping into these stores. When I saw this former store in Harrisonburg, VA, I was DYING to know what store it used to be. Needless to say, finding out it was an obscure discount chain nobody had ever heard of was pretty exciting. Look closely and you can see the angled canopy, which has been largely covered up on the front with this detestable stucco update.
The unceremonious end of Town & Country usually ended up like this one: a single store subdivided into two or more stores. Of course, this Big Lots has obviously been here awhile as it still sports the older logo.
Interior detail, including angled canopy, at the Big Lots (former Town & Country/Kmart) in Winchester, VA.
A complete list of former Town & Country locations (as of 1974) is below along with the present tenant (if the building still exists). The known locations to have existed include the following:
- Altoona, PA (3100 Pleasant Valley Blvd.)
- Now a Nissan dealership (Courtesy Motor Sales)
- Was later Kmart, currently Schewel's
- Kmart relocated in a new store to left of existing shopping center in the 1990's
- Opened 1964, closed 1977
- Was a mall anchor on the east end of the mall
- Was replaced by Kmart, which itself closed in 1995 and relocated
- Former location was demolished for Lowe's along with a portion of the mall
- Subdivided between Napa Auto Parts & Essis & Sons Carpet One Floor & Home
- Subdivided between Big Lots & Aaron Furniture Rental
- Aaron's was formerly Rite-Aid
- Larger Town & Country location
- Currently Gold's Gym
- Opened 1965, became Kmart in 1977
- It was the 12th location opened
- Kmart closed and relocated to a Super Kmart in February 1995
- Was Black Diamond Antiques after Kmart closed
- Presently Dick's Sporting Goods
- Building gutted with only the roof and walls intact (unrecognizable) and in that state at least a decade
- Was the site of a spectacular fire in the 1970's that destroyed the original building
- Subdivided into three tenants, including Big Lots and a Chinese restaurant
- Free-standing store
- Was probably a Kmart location before Kmart opened in a former Ames at Laurel Mall in 1994
- Was Ollie's Bargain Outlet, now vacant
- Subdivided between Dunham Sports & Planet Fitness
- Road name appars to have been changed to Gettysburg Road
- Location unclear, but appears to be close to Capital City Mall
- Most likely where Big Lots and Aldi have subdivided a store next to AMC Camp Hill 12
- First location to close, closing in 1976
- Located either where Weis is currently or where Ollie's is currently (across the street from each other)
- Weis may have been in current Ollie's and relocated into the former Town & Country
- Appears to be where Giant is currently located
- Unclear of where it was located in the shopping center
- May have been demolished
- Weis may also be present location
- Current location of Goodwill & Super Shoes
- Appears to have been subdivided
- Appears to be Orchard Hills Shopping Center
- Currently Tractor Supply
- Currently Tractor Supply Company
- Appears to be current location of Shop-Rite
- No longer retail
- Now home to 3D Creative Services, a metal working shop
- Was previously as Kmart, currently Big Lots
- Kmart appears to have relocated in 1994
- Kmart's later location closed in 2014 and is today subdivided between Dick's Sporting Goods and The Fresh Market