Although we are very involved in the past, that doesn't stop our interest in the present. Our staff shares an enthusiasm for what we sell and who we are. New items to mix with the old arrive most every day. Wallis' One Stop Variety Shop is a fun place to be in any time. Perhaps we are just what you want us to be: past, present and future.
"It's Not Just A Store... It's An Adventure"
604 North Main Street
Piedmont, Missouri 63957
Woolworth: A Five and Dime Story
On February 22, 1879, Frank Woolworth opened his first store, and nickled
and dimed his way to wealth.
Jeff Nilsson ~ The Saturday Evening Post
The “five-and-ten store” officially departed the American landscape in 1997. That year, the F. W. Woolworth Company ended 118 years in the discount retail business.
In fact, the five-and-dime store had already passed away forty years earlier. As the Post reported it,
“The five-and-ten, as an American institution, came to a quiet end on November 13, 1935. The occasion was a meeting of the board of directors of the F. W. Woolworth Co. The action they took was designed to engineer the company into merchandising more profitably than the price-restricted field of five-and-ten.”
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