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Edgar Department Stores was a chain of department stores that was founded in Massachusetts. James Edgar an immigrant from Edinburgh, Scotland opened the first Edgar's in Brockton, Massachusetts. James Edgar in December 1890 dressed up as Santa Claus to entertain the children of shoppers, thus becoming the first department store Santa.[1] Trains brought families from Boston and Providence to Edgar's to see Santa. The corporation filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors in 1986, soon after the chain was purchased by the Bradlees corporation. The Edgar chain also owned Almy's department store.

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