Piccadilly is still around, Sears not so much.Since folks are talking about cafeterias, anyone remember Piccadilly cafeteria in the South? On my 16th birthday, my folks sang Happy Birthday, I blew out the candles, and before I could finish eating one piece of cake, my dad says, "You're 16. Put on a tie and go get a job."
"Sure, dad. No problem."
His face pinched. He leaned toward me and said, "Right now. Put on a tie, go to the mall, and get a job."
I put the cake down, did as he said, drove to the mall, and walked into the first business closest to where I parked: Piccadilly Cafeteria. 10 minutes later I had a job as a dishwasher for $1.65/hour and they promised to accommodate my HS and football schedule.
Was home within 30 minutes of leaving. Dad refused to believe I got a job as I started eating as much friggin' cake as I wanted. Big fight followed until he called the manager to confirm my hiring.
Later worked at the Sears restaurant doing the same thing with a little cooking. I was movin' on up.
I just looked up a map of that mall, which is still there. The Piccadilly is now an Ultra store. Sears is gone. And an auto center where I worked installing tires and doing oil changes isn't on the map at all.Piccadilly is still around, Sears not so much.
When I was young and strong I'd break sockets. Now I just drop them, they roll away and I lose them. Sears never warranted for clumsiness & loss...you had to bring in the pieces. So they went bankrupt? Guess I don't care.You now have to replace it with some cheaply Chinese made garbage!
Lowe's for swap outs. They honor the warranty. It ain't as good as it used to be. Most of my toolbox is full of 80's-90's Craftsman stuff, when it was still well made.My gosh, Sears is gone!?!?!? Where do you go with a broken Craftsman socket?
I recall the Harvest House in the original King of Prussia Mall (great/cheap date place!) and Plymouth Meeting Mall. They also had a Woolworths on the lower level close to the music store I managed. Great sandwiches and a FOUNTAIN soda!! Oh yea, don't forget Grants either. They were popular in my area of Norristown and towards Philadelphia.For us it was "Woolworth's and "Sines 5 & 10", in Quakertown, and I was pre-teen & with my Mommy.LOL. Man that was in the early 50s!!!
Mrs Bear says the Sines 5 & 10 in Quakertown is still there & operating.
Thanks Hijack71 !!Lowe's for swap outs. They honor the [Sears] warranty....
When I was a kid, on Saturday mornings I'd scoured trashcans, construction sites for redeemable bottles.But, I could almost always find enough Coke bottles to buy the big tube of them by the time I emptied out my previous tube. Coke bottles were cash baby!