The major department stores anchored the downtown. Sears occupied three floors in what is now the Anderson Public Library. Montgomery Ward was on Meridian between 13th and 14th. And J.C. Penney was on Meridian north of 11th Street with entrances on both streets. They all moved to Mounds Mall. And now all of them have left Anderson, except Sears which has a smaller outlet just off University Boulevard.
Shopping patterns have changed immensely, and not just in Anderson. But those of us who have been around long enough remember the way it used to be. And it will never be the same.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.