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McCrory's store

J.G. McCrory's or McCrory Stores was a chain of five and dime stores in the United States based in York, Pennsylvania. The stores typically sold shoes, clothing, housewares, fabrics, penny candy, toys, cosmetics, and often included a lunch counter or snack bar. They also exclusively sold Oriole Records, one of the most popular 'dime store labels' from 1921 to 1938.


John Graham McCrorey

John Graham McCrorey opened his first store in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, in 1882. By 1885, the chain had five stores in Pennsylvania. Born with the last name "McCrorey", the owner legally changed his name, dropping the e, to save money by not paying the cost of the extra letter in store signs. These first stores made up the McCrory Stores Corporation, and went bankrupt. J.G. McCrory then began again with McCrory Stores.

Sebastian Kresge

One of the early investors was Sebastian Spering Kresge, who later founded the S.S. Kresge chain, which became Kmart. In 1899, Kresge traded his interest in the McCrory's Memphis store for McCrory's interest in the Detroit, Michigan, store, giving him control there.

Of note, in 1987, the Kmart Corporation, which formerly was the S.S.Kresge Corp, sold its remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores in the United States to McCrory Stores.


At its height, McCrory's operated 1,300 stores under its own name as well as TG&Y, McLellan (merged in 1958), H.L. Green, Silvers, G.C. Murphy and J.J. Newberry which it had acquired through the years. McCrory's parent Rapid-American also owned Lerner Stores and National Shirt (acquired by McCrory's in 1960).

Meshulam Riklis

Meshulam Riklis purchased McCrory's in 1960, and moved its headquarters to Springettsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania, in 1963. At the time it was the fourth largest retailer in the United States. Riklis controlled McCrory's through the Rapid-American holding company, which was managed by Samuel Neaman. Riklis' famed sleight of hand, shifting assets between notable brand name successful companies and holding companies is best exemplified by his handling of McCrory Stores, driving the brand name into bankruptcy while keeping the assets. [1] Among the retailers controlled by McCrory's at the time were Best & Co., Lerner Shops, and S. Klein.

The decline of the five and dime

In 1986 it purchased the 76 remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores from Kmart, reuniting the companies.

It was at this time controlled by E-II Holdings Inc., which also owned Elmore, Britts, and Kittinger and Bargain Time. E-II Holdings was a group of jilted Riklis investors, seizing old Riklis properties trying to recoup their losses.

As of 1989 they had some 1300 stores. In 1991 they closed 229 of 1000 remaining stores. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 1992. In 1997 it closed 300 of 460 remaining stores.

In the late 1990s, it converted some stores to the Dollar Zone format of dollar store, but these ultimately closed as well, in early 2002.[2] McCrory had only 200 remaining stores in December 2001, when the company announced that all stores would be shuttered permanently by February 2002.[2] Stores were then operating under the TG&Y, McCrory, G.C. Murphy and Newberry's names.[3]

See also

External links


  • Isadore Barmash (1976). For the Good of the Company: The History of the McCrory Corporation. ISBN 1-58798-215-3.


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