20th-Century Retailing In Downtown Grand Rapids
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For decades, downtown Grand Rapids enjoyed a long run in the limelight as the epicenter of shopping in western Michigan. The vibrant Monroe Avenue corridor included three homegrown department stores, several chain department stores, five-and-dime stores, and scores of clothing and specialty retailers. It weathered mother nature, wars, the Great Depression, the advent of neighborhood shopping centers, and civil disturbances—but the one change it could not overcome was the regional shopping mall.
Weldon, Marianne and Hauser, Michael, "20th-Century Retailing In Downtown Grand Rapids" (2014). Library Staff Books. Book 15.