Over the past few days in the Boston area (and on social media), you may have noticed a Bradlees truck sighting. Yes, Bradlees – the chain of discount department stores from our youth. You remember there was one over in the Puritan strip mall on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. (Our mother definitely battled it out with your mother over a Cabbage Patch Doll in 1984.)
We are not sure if someone has a time machine and found this 18 wheeler abandoned on the side of the road, but Bradlees went bankrupt back in 2000 and went the way like so many other stores of its kind. Remember Ames and Caldor?
So why is this truck in the Boston area? Not sure – maybe it’s some sort of publicity stunt and Bradlees is making a comeback. Maybe someone is hauling freight in a truck they got at an auction and it’s a coincidence that it’s back in the area.
Fingers crossed we get to see Mrs. B and those awesome commercials one more time.
We’re loving the response to seeing the Bradlees truck on social media. Everyone is taking a trip down memory lane! But our favorite one is this one from Dot Cucinatta:
In 1966/67, I bought a suit at Bradlees as I needed something for a weekend trip to a hotel in the Catskills. The suit was a tan colored faux suede pants and 3/4 jacket. Jacket came to about 5 inches above the knee. I wore it with a cream blouse. The suit was $15. At the hotel on Saturday morning we were in the area of the stores, hair dresser, jewelry etc., when a woman, a stranger, smiled at me and said “Oh, you bought the suit”? My first thought was “she was in Bradlees? But she pointed to the Boutique and asked if I got it there. My friend and I went in and checked the seams, hem, all the same and the lining was the same printed material. The suit was $129.00. Nice memories.
Image via Universal Hub.