The Stores You Shopped at in Maine But Your Kids Never Heard Of

For any child of the 70s, 80s and early 90s, malls were everything. Heck, the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things” based an entire season on mall adventures. Malls were always an opportunity to get out of the house and meet up with friends. A chance to follow the latest fashion trends, buy new music or books or even get lost for hours in a shopping arcade. Kids today might not even understand this, but weekend nights were spent at the mall and it was absolutely the “cool” thing to do.

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It wasn’t just the malls either, stand-alone department stores and dime stores have permeated Maine for decades and been embraced with love. Many of these stores created jobs in communities and became synonymous with shopping in the towns where they existed.

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Nowadays, things are quite different. Some malls, like the Maine Mall, continue to find new and innovative ways to bring customers through the door. Other malls have swung in other directions or closed completely, online shopping remains the easiest way to do it all. Even after placing that big order on Amazon, people will still remember the “good old days” of going to the local mall and spending hours browsing the stores. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at 16 stores you shopped at in Maine that your kids probably never heard of.


13 stores you shopped at in Maine but your kids never heard of

Anyone who grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s knows that malls were everything, but as times change, so do stores. Here’s a list of places people in Maine shopped during those decades that your kids probably never heard of.

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