Skip to Content
200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428
/ Blog / Post
1 min read

My Store, Bloomington, undated 100 block of South Center Street

Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach in front of their general store, undated.

The name My Store first appears in the 1891 Bloomington city directory, with Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach selling general merchandise at 112-120 S. Center St., and clothing across the street at 109 Center. In 1912, the two businessmen embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, erecting a five-story “trade palace” at the northeast corner of Center and Grove streets.
The My Store locations are long gone and are now part of the Law & Justice Center complex.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Leave a comment