Arlans, you remember Arlans, don’t you? Arlans was a department store chain that started in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1945.
The chain grew and spread to multiple states. In April 1970, Arlans opened a new store along Birney Ave in Moosic. They already had two other stores in the area – Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Edwardsville.
Arlans time in our area was short lived. In May 1973, Arlans’ parent company filed for bankruptcy. By July, they announced that they would be closing stores.
Trudy Lee Pedersen, Miss Pennsylvania of 1969, snips the ribbon marking the formal opening of Arlans Department Store at Birney and Pittston Aves., Moosic on April 30, 1970. From left: Atty. Raymond Rinadli, William Portman, district manager of Arlans; Kenneth Smerdon, Moosic Council president; John O’Malley, Moosic Mayor; Keith B. Smith, Arlans Vice President; Miss Pedersen, Lackawanna County Sheriff Joseph Wincovitch, Edward Hamlett, store manager; and Marvin Slomowitz.
Arlans Department Store in Moosic. The store opened on April 30, 1970. Times-Tribune Archives
Tremendous turnout of shoppers helped Arlans celebrate opening of newest store in its chain on Birney Ave in Moosic’s Greenwood section on April 30, 1970. Bumper-to-bumper traffic converged on the store while sky-glowing searchlights pointed war to scene. Times-Tribune Archives
A year later in September 1974, S.S. Kresge Co. signed leases to the spaces that once housed Alrans in Moosic, Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre Twp. Kresge would open KMarts in those spaces by November. These three KMarts would join the KMart that was opened on the Scranton-Carbondale Highway in October 1973.
Today, the Scranton-Carbondale Highway Kmart is currently having a liquidation sale and is expected to be closed by the end of the month. The KMarts in Edwardsville, Moosic and Wilkes-Barre Twp. are still open.
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