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My Store, undated Downtown Bloomington

​Oscar Mandel's My Store, undated.

Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law Albert Schwarzman opened this five-story “trade palace,” located on the northeast corner of Center and Grove streets, in April 1913. It replaced a much smaller retail outlet at the same location. My Store, Bloomington’s largest discount retailer, closed in early 1931. Later occupants of this commercial building included OK Appliance & TV.
The old My Store building was razed in 1972, a victim of urban renewal and the Law & Justice Center complex.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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

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