Andrew T.

Andrew T.

Posted on 12/11/2008

Photo taken on October  1, 2004


Minolta X-370
West Virginia
stone & thomas

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Elder-Beerman store (formerly Stone & Thomas), Mountaineer Mall, Morgantown, WV

Elder-Beerman store (formerly Stone & Thomas), Mountaineer Mall, Morgantown, WV
The Mountaineer Mall opened in 1975, anchored by JCPenney, Montgomery Ward, and Murphy's Mart. In spite of a botched '80s expansion (adding a fourth anchor, Stone & Thomas, and a line of stores with only exterior entrances), it fell on hard times in the '90s and is hanging by a thread today.

This Stone & Thomas store (later Elder-Beerman) opened as part of a new mall expansion in the 1980s. Elder-Beerman opened a Morgantown, WV store in the competing Morgantown Mall when it opened in late 1990, so its 1998 acquistion of Stone & Thomas landed the chain with two Morgantown locations. In spite of this redundancy, both stores remained open concurrently for the next ten years.

I remember that at the time I took this picture, several rednecks in an SUV drove past shouting something incoherent out the window. I suppose I did look a bit conspicuous, standing in an empty parking lot with an SLR and all that...