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Wringer washers at Woolco?
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Post# 914301   1/6/2017 at 12:49 (472 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I did not know they sold big appliances? I have only been in the local Woolco in the 90's and it was just blenders and vacuums.
At first glimpse I thought the square wringer looked like my Mcclary. Googled and it looks like it.

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Post# 914319 , Reply# 1   1/6/2017 at 14:40 (472 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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When our Woolco was open, they did sell a limited selection of name brand major appliances

Post# 914331 , Reply# 2   1/6/2017 at 15:42 (472 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

There was a Woolco a couple blocks from my aunt's house in Jackson, MS. I remember them selling GE major appliances.

Post# 914334 , Reply# 3   1/6/2017 at 16:12 (472 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        

Yes, the one near us, in Brookfield CT opened in the early 70's and sold major appliances. It was right next to the cafeteria, where they sold their own version of cheesecake. (Yum). I remember them selling GE washers.

Post# 914342 , Reply# 4   1/6/2017 at 17:15 (471 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
an old woolco woolworth 1978 commercial

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here an old commercial when woolco woolworth sold appliance from 1978

Post# 914344 , Reply# 5   1/6/2017 at 17:26 (471 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Yep they had a limited selection. In the early 70s I worked there briefly after school hours and a bit one summer. They sold Emerson window a/c and a ton of them on hot sticky nights..We were open til 10pm and people were coming til near closing and carting them out. I disliked working there,, not because of the people but the overhead lighting was blinding to me, a huge sea of fluorescent tubes.

Post# 914398 , Reply# 6   1/7/2017 at 07:24 (471 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Our old Woolco in Florence, AL had Whirlpool appliances when I was little.

Post# 914404 , Reply# 7   1/7/2017 at 08:09 (471 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I remember they had a 'store brand' line of some major appliances called Brentwood back in the early 70s. I had a Brentwood twin-tub style washer at our first house in Mountain Lakes back in the 90s.

The Brentwood name did not seem to last - I remember seeing Canadian RCA appliances in the Woolco stores here in La Belle Province in the late 70s. I remember a friend's family buying an RCA dishwasher there - here's the kicker - it was an Inglis clone, just ever so slightly different from a Whirlpool. What the RCA - Whirlpool deal was in those days is foggy.  PhilR has some cool service documentation on Canadian RCA appliances from the 70s, I think.

Post# 914481 , Reply# 8   1/7/2017 at 18:43 (470 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Brentwood, you jogged my memory.. I was thinking Bradford,, but that was Zellers.

Post# 914482 , Reply# 9   1/7/2017 at 18:54 (470 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I think that Grant's in California used to have a store brand appliance line named Bradford. But it's been a onf time since they went out of business, so I may be confusing them with another long, lost store name.

Post# 914487 , Reply# 10   1/7/2017 at 19:13 (470 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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WT Grant. Bradford Washers and Dryers, TVs, Fans, Small Appliances too.

I think they had their badge on "Transistor" Radios and Portable Phonographs too.

Found this...

Post# 914490 , Reply# 11   1/7/2017 at 19:29 (470 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Bradford Appliances At Grants In USA

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Ohhh yes.

"Grant's store-branded electronics and other goods were named Bradford after Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where William Thomas Grant was born. The in-store restaurants were named Bradford House, and their mascot was a pilgrim named Bucky Bradford."

Post# 914495 , Reply# 12   1/7/2017 at 20:08 (470 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Zellers in Canada was owned by Grants for a period of time in the 60's and 70's.hence the Bradford, they later sold it to Hudson Bay.

Post# 914509 , Reply# 13   1/7/2017 at 21:25 (470 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Our Woolco store in the 70's had only small, countertop appliances and compact "major" appliances. Hoover twin tub washers and dryers, small refrigerators and one or two microwaves.

Post# 914518 , Reply# 14   1/7/2017 at 22:04 (470 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
WT Grant Memories

Their stoves were a funny lot of Sunray models, but there was one model made by Westinghouse. The difference in quality was astounding.


The snack bar made frozen French Fries on the griddle under a square dome and they were the hottest French Fries ever served. They made coffee in glass vacuum pots with metal upper bowls.

Post# 914523 , Reply# 15   1/7/2017 at 22:24 (470 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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We had 2 Grants stores and my mother and I fought over getting Grants pants vs. higher priced Levis for school. You were not cool in anything other than Levis. Grants had it all back then and cheaper than the rest. Too bad they priced so low it killed them. I had a Bradford stereo and the first washer given to me was a Bradford Empress 18 that leaked oil, water and should have gone to the crusher before I got it. I still have the 6 ft. WT Grants artificial Christmas tree of my parents in my attic in the original box. Anyone want it?

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Post# 914538 , Reply# 16   1/8/2017 at 01:52 (470 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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We had a Grants in Lawrenceburg, TN when I was a toddler.  My neighbor worked there.  It later became a Kmart.

Post# 914546 , Reply# 17   1/8/2017 at 04:39 (470 days old) by Gpevas (Parma Heights Ohio )        

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I remember WT Grants as a kid I am 53 now....

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