Nichols Discount City

There used to be a few of these in Berks, one being located at  3001 St. Lawrence Ave, another in Shillington. They are credited with being one of the first major “Drug Stores” in the mid-Atlantic region, with having over 40 stores at one point in the region.

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Nichols Discount City

A former regional retail discount chain in the Northeast, founded in 1938 as a variety store chain in and around New York City. Nichols opened the first Nichols Discount City store in 1960 in Lancaster, Pa.. These stores ranged in size from 80,000 to 100,000 square feet and were usually located in secondary markets. In 1990, Nichols converted their stores to PharmHouse, a discount drug and housewares store. –Source

10 Replies to “Nichols Discount City”

  1. I believe the Shillington Nichols had formerly been the stand alone Sears store adjacent to the Shillington Shopping Center, but I could be mistaken.

  2. What a coincidence! Last night I was rummaging through old family slides, and I found bags of them that were processed at Nichols on St. Lawrence Ave in Mt. Penn. That was a great store. We’d go there for everything. They were years ahead of Kmart and Walmart.

  3. I used to work at the St. Lawrence Nichols as a camera and jewelry department manager. It was a fun job. The only thing I tired of was the smell of popcorn, especially starting at opening hours and lasting until I went home. I have lots of fond memories, and a number of employee and activity pictures taken there.

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