The logo above is from an ad that appeared in the Lorain Journal in August 1966. As you can see, by that time the chain consisted of five stores. But the very first store was in Cleveland.
Here's a closer look at our favorite monocled mascot.
****The Cleveland Economy Sales store was located at 1257 West Third Street.
It was later joined by a branch store in Lorain, originally located at 1901 E. 28th Street.
Strangely enough, 1901 E. 28th Street (shown below) was also the location of the former Lorain Street Railway car barns.
|1901 E. 28th Street today|
|Car Barns at South Lorain|
The Lorain Economy Sales store on E. 28th Street first appeared in the Lorain Telephone Company directory in the November 1959 edition.
Here’s the cover of a 1959 Economy Sales catalog featuring a listing of the two original locations. We’ll peek inside tomorrow.