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Lost Parkdale, S.S. Kresge’s



The Kresge’s on Roncesvalles, just north of Fern remained in business until 1994.

I was in there a couple of times and don’t remember if there was a lunch counter.  It’s now a bank, but the Art Deco Vitrolite is still somewhat intact behind the new sign.

My neighbour, Terry T. who has lived in Parkdale most of his life says the lunch counter was indeed there until the end.


A typical lunch counter. This one’s form the Kresge’s in the Junction that closed about the same time. No kale and quinoa salad on the menu here.



9 responses

  1. Liz Arbuckle

    Thanks for the post. There was a lunch counter in the store at Royal York and Bloor. I used to go every Saturday for fries!

    July 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    • My Mom used to take me to that one.

      July 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

  2. Janice Murray

    There was a lunch counter there. Used to buy orange ice cream cones for a nickel.

    August 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

  3. Thanks for that.

    August 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

  4. Bruce Chown

    That Kresge store also had a candy counter along the wall just inside the south door. It sold chunks of chocolate from a large slab of fudge. I could buy enough at noon for a few cents to give me renewed energy for my afternoon class at Fern Avenue Public School.

    August 1, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    • Janice Murray

      I was at Fern from 1940 to 1947, what year you there?

      August 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  5. Another good story!
    From my Dad.

    August 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  6. Bruce Chown

    Hello, Janice Murray. I guess we were schoolmates, if not classmates. I also attended Fern about the same time as you, finishing Grade 8 in 1947. Then to Parkdale Collegiate and on to the U of T. I now live in Vancouver. Best wishes.

    August 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    • Janice Murray

      Parkdale Collegiate as well.

      August 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

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