Do you remember Andersons General Store?
The Maumee Ohio-based company was founded in 1947 with a focus on grain transportation and storage. The opened the Warehouse Market in 1952. The Andersons retail operations had substantial growth in the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s. The company added a Farm Supply Sales store in Maumee to sell building products and farm items; opened tire shops, garden centers in Columbus and Sylvania. It opened warehouse stores in Champaign, Ill., and Delphi, Ind., though both failed after five years.
In 1972, the Warehouse Market on Illinois Avenue moved across the street into its current 155,000-square-foot, 25-acre site and was renamed the Maumee General Store and Garden Center.
In 1986-87 The Andersons opened General Stores in Toledo, Columbus, Northwood, and Lima. The Northwood and Lima stores later closed.
When The Anderson General Store started, they were a farm and hardware store. Andersons General Store was the place to go for quality tools and hardware for low price. Andersons General store had a great reputation because they had the good product at a competitive price.
The retailer has operated its general store concept since 1952. They opened two Columbus, Ohio Stores Brice(1986) and Sawmill(1987). The Andersons General Stores average 140,000 sq. ft. and carried approximately 125,000 different items and sold everything from clothing, groceries, fine wine, lumber, mattresses and more!
The Rise & Fall of Andersons General Store
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