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Wilsons department store greenfield ma

Wilsons department store greenfield ma

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For more than 130 years, Wilson’s has been located on the intersection of Main and Davis Streets in the heart of downtown Greenfield. Wilson’s was initially known as The Boston Shop. From 1882 to 1896, the White Brothers owned and managed it. It started out small, with just 25 feet of frontage, but it quickly grew and doubled in size.
The store was purchased from the Whites in 1896 by John Wilson of Scotland, who renamed it the John Wilson Company. He added a second floor, a grand double staircase in the middle, and a grocery department on the lower level to expand the store. With a livery stable on the property, the new store also had a horse-drawn delivery service.
The Wilson family sold the John Wilson Company store to R. Stanley Reid of the former Boston Store in North Adams and George L. Willis of the then Wallace Company in Pittsfield in 1929. After Mr. Willis’ death in 1941, the company was passed down to the Reid family. From his father’s death in 1961 until his retirement in 1990, Robert S. Reid, Jr. was President of Wilson’s. He extended the second floor and added a third floor into the area formerly occupied by the Greenfield Hotel during his term. In 1974, the second and third floors were further expanded.

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The White Brothers owned and operated the original company, known as the Boston Store, from 1882 to 1896. It started out small, with just 25 feet of frontage, but it quickly grew and doubled in size. The store was purchased from the Whites in 1896 by John Wilson of Scotland, who renamed it the John Wilson Company. He added a second floor, a grand double staircase in the middle, and a grocery department on the lower level to expand the store. With a livery stable on the property, the new store also had a horse-drawn delivery service. [two]
The Wilson family sold the John Wilson Company store to R. Stanley Reid of the former Boston Store in North Adams and George L. Willis of the then Wallace Company in Pittsfield in 1929. After Mr. Willis’ death in 1941, the company was passed down to the Reid family. From his father’s death in 1961 until his retirement in 1990, Robert S. Reid, Jr. was President of Wilson’s. He extended the second floor and added a third floor into the area formerly occupied by the Greenfield Hotel during his term.

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Wilson’s has had less and less goods each time I’ve gone in the last few weeks. Something else has been revealed in the emptiness of the halls. There is the past of many generations of staff and shoppers, as well as their own special and individual stories, lingering there.
Old office chairs, fixtures, and knickknacks have been brought out of storage to see the light of day for the first time in years. Who was it that used these items? A metal box with a handwritten note taped inside stating Florence and Ruth’s seamstress schedules has piqued my interest. I wish I had had the chance to meet them.
A woman in her nineties who is a patient at the nursing home where I volunteer tells me that she served at Wilson’s in five different divisions. Her most recent role was in the knitting department. Is there a knitting department? What happened to that?
I’ve given up on documenting everything I purchased during Wilson’s closing sale. It will take an inordinate amount of time! But, at the end of the day, it’s all just a bunch of nonsense. Wilson’s has given me something that I couldn’t have had anywhere else.

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(Greenfield, Massachusetts) — Greenfield is hosting a “Festival of Trees.” Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield is organizing this year’s holiday fundraiser. The festival accepts “donations” in the form of a small artificial Christmas tree adorned with prizes and specially themed gifts from local businesses and families. The exhibition will be open until December 14th.
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