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I Miss the Kresge’s (and Woolworth’s) Lunch Counter

Screen Shot 2013-11-29 at 3.46.28 PMOn the Danforth just west of Woodbine you’ll find an old Kresge’s and a Woolworth store side by each. When I was young my mother would often take me to the lunch counter for a “treat”, usually a milkshake or a ice cream soda. There was one in the basement of the Woolworth’s at Queen and Yonge as well as one closer to our house at Royal York and Bloor.

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1078869_10151754696480399_108204702_oThey’re all gone now but there’s still a lunch counter in Gravenhurst at the Stedman’s Five and Dime.


Screen Shot 2013-11-29 at 3.56.40 PMThis old Kresge’s on Roncesvalles is now a bank.


7 responses

  1. Greg I am quite certain my mother took me for a milkshake at the Woolworth’s at Queen and Yonge. It was quite a treat for me & I remember it as being very busy.

    November 29, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    • It was a winding serpentine counter.

      November 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  2. Bruce Chown

    Hello Greg.

    Yes, I remember it well from my days at Fern Avenue School. Right inside the front door on the right was the candy counter, a big attraction in my younger days. My mother would send me to school with a nutritious lunch – usually a sandwich and a banana or apple and, if I was lucky, a few pennies (5 cents then was a lot) for a treat. After gobbling down our lunches, my friends and I would hightail it to the candy counter for whatever we might be able to afford that day. The lunch counter was along the other side of the store.


    November 30, 2013 at 1:28 am

  3. When I fist moved into the neighbourhood (1984) it was still a Kresge’s with a wooden floor and some very old ceiling fans. I don’t know if the counter was still there.

    November 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  4. The last one I ever ate in was the Woolworth’s in Weston, but there was a couple of lunch counters in Simpson’s when I worked there in the early ’80s, in the basement. Both long gone now. I wish I had a reason to be in Gravenhurst now.

    December 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

  5. I remember having a hot dog and a Honey Dew in the Simpson’s basement.

    December 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  6. multinik

    My favourite Kresge’s was at St. Clair West and Bathurst, which is now Shopper’s Drug Mart. Grandma used to take me there for lunch every weekend.

    December 11, 2013 at 3:21 am

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