TSS

 

Those who grew up on Long Island in the 70s likely remember the Times Square Stores, or as they were better known, TSS. Although never exactly plentiful, these department stores were memorable for their discount prices in the pre Wal-Mart era. Today, they exist only in our memories.

TSS was founded all the way back in 1929, in Brooklyn by a man named George Seedman. After WWII, he had nine discount stores in Nassau and Suffolk County. These locations included Levitown, Rockville Center and Middle Village. Seedman would run the company for almost half a century before retiring in 1987.

 

At it’s peak, TSS had 12 locations in the New York area, and was quite popular among budget-conscious families on the island. Many will fondly remember “Record World,” which resided inside TSS and was a popular place to purchase music. You could even become a card carrying member of their record club.

My family shopped at the Rockville Center Location in the early 70s, when I was just a tyke. Back then, when I did my chores, I got a dollar a week as an allowance. The place I wanted to spend that hard earned cash was always TSS. My parents would take me over and let me wander around the toy section. Hard to believe that I was able to actually walk out of a store with a toy and a piece of candy for less than a buck, but that’s what was great about TSS.

 

TSS prospered through the 70s and much of the 80s. Sadly, as that decade ended, so did TSS –  the chain filed for bankruptcy in 1989, with the last location closing the following year. TSS was gone for good, but not in the memories of the many shoppers who made TSS their choice for many, many years.

Admittedly, there isn’t much in this article but the bare facts and a few memories. As I began my research, I was surprised to find that the data, images and commercials simply weren’t there.

But we can share what we remember in the meantime, and if more resources become available, I’ll be sure to update this article with anything I find.

If you have fond memories of shopping at TSS with your family back in the day, or if you happened to work at one of the locations, I’d love to hear your memories in our comments section below.

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155 Responses

  1. Arlene says:

    When did George Seedman die? I was an employee of his.

    • 70sKid says:

      He passed away in 1996, three months shy of his 100th birthday. He ran TSS until 1987, when he was 90.

    • Mike says:

      Which one did you work at? I might know some people you worked with!

      • Barbara Hannah says:

        Hi mike my name is Barbara it was truzzolino . I worked in the Levittown store.1973- 1976. I started as cashier then manager of the boutique and asst at gift ware. Unit control housewares.

  2. Donald says:

    Hi .. I was looking up info on TSS and found myself here.. Do you know if there was TSS located in bayshore?

    • 70sKid says:

      Hi Donald,
      I’m not positive, but I do believe so. Perhaps one of our readers can chime in a confirm!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Steve says:

        I think the former home depot on sunrise in bayshore was once a TSS.
        I remember going there ages ago.
        It was also a models I think?

        • Anonymous says:

          No the was the old Bay Shore drive in. I work at the West Babylon TSS there was no Bay Shore TSS.

          • Anonymous says:

            Do you know the name of the record store that was in the parking lot of the West Bab store in the mid 70’s? Please

          • Wendy M. says:

            I saw on a Facebook WLIR page that someone mentioned that Record World was in a TSS in Elmont. Do you think that it could have been Record World?

          • nightfly says:

            I grew up in Lindenhurst. I recall the TSS in Babylon quite fondly. (And it was a Record World!)

        • Anonymous says:

          The Modells in Bayshore was on Sunrise at Saxon Ave..I believe it’s a Kohls now

      • BOBBY BRANDOFF says:

        TSS WEST BABYLON WAS THE CLOSET TO BAYSHORE…

        • Anonymous says:

          The other closest store was on Sunrise Hwy Sayville.

          • Anonymous says:

            Does anyone remember the name of the supermarket that was attached to TSS in Sayville. I believe it moved further west to Bohemia as a new supermarket.

          • anonymous says:

            waldbaums was attached to the Sayville t.s.s

        • jane f says:

          I think rember an elmont floral park area? Do you remeber robert halls. Flat escalatores n magnatized you could let go
          of your wagon on it lol

        • richard valleau says:

          I first started working for tss in april 75 at the Levittown store. I left in 1977, but returned a year later .I was in the auto department, involved with tire and battery sales. I was transferred to Oceanside, as well as Elmont, Levittown and Babylon for a short time. I also worked in the home office in Brooklyn as an associate buyer. I visisted all locations, including the ill fated jersey stores. I was at mr seedmans home in oyster bay, and even drove him to the airport one afternoon. it was a wonderfully crazy place to work.

          • eddie says:

            Just the guy I am looking for ……my father had the contract for all of the decorating work at TSS …….and yes did so much work at Foster Avenue ……anyway you mentioned Oceanside and I got the best pizza I ever had adjacent to the store ……….ii was like in thee corner……..I doubt if they are still there but do you remember the name of them……..maybe they relocated………any help would be appreciated

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know about Bayshore, but I actually worked in the west Babylon store! Great memories

  3. LD says:

    MY family use to go to the TSS store across the street from the Walt Whitman shopping center. ironically, that location is now a Walmart. does anybody remember the old guy that used to sell pretzels from a pretzel cart in the walt whitman shopping center?

  4. Christine says:

    My grandfather used to take us to the TSS on Farmers blvd. in Springfield Gardens, Queens. It was walking distance from the house, so we would go there often. It is now Western Beef Supermarket.

    My most vivid, and best, memory was trying out the patio furniture. My grandfather let us test out and make a case for what we liked best. It took along time, but in the end he let us vote on our top choices and we took home the favorite.

    I loved TSS. It was so comfortable and you could get whatever you needed at a great price. Also, I remember the staff being very nice and helpful.

    • 70sKid says:

      Thanks for sharing that great memory, Christine!

    • anonymous says:

      I worked at the sayville t.s.s from 1974-1988 the company was big on good old fashion customer service.. they would send us to product knowledge training sessions once a year at the Lawrence store. The company was very good to their employees we had a union with great benefits. I was sadden to see it go down hill after Mr. Seedman sold the company. You will never see a retail chain EVER like T.s.s.

      • brenda lisanti says:

        i worked a tss sayville 74 to 84 switchboard ,brenda

      • richard valleau says:

        I worked at Sayville for a short stretch in the summer of 88 as a merchandise manager.by then the company had been sold to a group of nasty investors. I saw the writing on the wall and left in November of 88.

  5. GuitarAnthony says:

    Late to this party but I often recall the old mega department stores I lived near. TSS obviously was a big one (with various named supermarkets attached) but there was also Modell’s Shoppers World in East Meadow (before they went sporting goods), Mays in Massapequa & Levittown, Pergament in Copaigue (before they went all Home Depot) and Great Eastern in East Meadow (which became Woolco later on). Obviously, being a 70’s kid myself, I loved going to PlayWorld and can remember vividly going to both the Seaford & East Meadow stores. Also, if you were a kid in the 70’s and your parent never brought you to the Jolly Roger, they must have hated you. 🙂

    • Roger Werner says:

      The nearest to Bayshore was Massapequa. I was assistant manager of hardware in winter 1972-73. At the time this was one of the few unprofitable stores.

      • Roger Werner says:

        I lived six blocks from Modell’s BEFORE it became Shoppers World. My parents would buy me a huge soft pretzel and a Italian ice cup. It was to grow into a much larger store in the 1960s. in the late 1950s, across Front Street was a military surplus store called Reader’s. The sold lots of WWII and Korean War material and I recall some WWI surplus. It was an easy and safe walk from my house to Newbridge Ave (now East Meadow Ave) past the library to Front Street. Modell’s had a great toy section.

  6. Rocky says:

    Anyone remember a TSS across from a beer and soda house. it may be near Farmers Blvd. There was an accurate service station on the corner

  7. Paul says:

    Was in their Management Trainning Program in 1975. worked in their Oceanside Store and then a store in Queens

  8. joe loos says:

    Was in Middle Island NY circa 1982

  9. Dino says:

    My Dad sold building supplies @TSS with Ed Kranepool of all people

  10. Jackie says:

    We used to go to the TSS in Middle Island/Centerach area when I was a kid (I think it’s a Kohl’s now). I remember they had a huge candy counter that sold popcorn, nuts,pretzels, fudge, etc. The best was their toy department, and around Halloween they had aisles of costumes. I also remember the record store and pet store inside. That store was the best. So sad when it closed.

    • Anonymous says:

      The TSS was in middle island which later became a Kmart. Your thinking about Caldor in Coram

      • Jackie says:

        No, I was thinking about TSS. I had the replacement store wrong. It’s the one where the Kmart was, (I think the demolished the building recently). Caldor was nothing like TSS!

  11. JMS says:

    I remember the TSS in West Babylon. Our neighbor bought a puppy there and called it TSS, of course. We loved looking at the tropical fish and the puppies. Male puppies were $6 and females were $5. I think my friend’s brother got caught shoplifting there.

    • Roger Werner says:

      My regrets I mislead the fellow from Bayshore above. No STS in Massapequa. Mays store was in that town. YES was in West Babylon. And that is where I worked Jan -March 1973. The hardware manager was run by a former Luftwaffe pilot who lost a leg in the war…Paul Truman. Sorry for the mix up!

  12. Rose Sprague says:

    I worked in the smoke shop late 70’s early 1980. I worked at the Oceanside store. Loved that store. My family lived in island Park and TSS was our store to go to when we needed things. Good memories.

    • Roger Werner says:

      I lived in Baldwin when I became assistant manager of Oceanside TSS toys. It was a huge department with a manager and three assistants. Once the holiday season began me and the other young manager moved to the night shift 11PM to 7AM. The store managers would permit customers to let their kids run wild. Toys and games were opened and broken etc. The job of night shift was to repair what could be repaired and put back on shelf, return broken stuff to manufacturer, and restock shelves for the following day. We had 15 guys working for us. I was appalled by what management would let customer children do. These kids were extremely spoiled and affluent.

  13. Kascha K says:

    I grew up in the Copiague/Amityville area but before we lived there we were in Hempstead in Nassau County and I remember four things from back then (up through 1977). Fire Engine races, Carvel, Mr. Softy, and TSS.

    I don’t know exactly where the TSS was that my dad used to take us to (maybe someone here can say which one would be most likely given where we lived), but whether we were coming or going, TSS and Carvel always went 1-2 in the same trip.

    Embarrassingly enough, the one specific memory I have of TSS was when we went there to get wood just before a heinous storm hit and the day after some jerks had taken the long wood poles from our fence, thrown them into the street, and broken some of them. Our whole fam went (three boys, two girls, and parents), and we were going to eat somewhere close and then go back so he could fix the fence. Unfortunately he had forgotten his wallet and only had his checkbook, but the store wouldn’t take a personal check. I can still remember he got so mad the entire store was looking at us and me and my sister were scared out of our wits. I think he was just frustrated that someone would vandalize our house and we had enough to deal with because of the storm coming.

    I think we ended up at Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips or something. That is where things go grey, but over 35 years on I guess they would.

    • Anonymous says:

      There was a TSS in Hempstead. Parked on the roof. There was also one on Hempstead Tpke Levittown.

      • KaschaK says:

        Thank youuuu! I knew it wasn’t that far from the house. We lived on Kennedy Ave. and I am positive we didn’t get on the turnpike so it must have been the local Hempstead store.

        I miss this era so much. I miss the 80’s too so I guess I just miss childhood. Watching that TSS Christmas commercial almost makes me tear up like most Christmas commercials from back then. If I could have three wishes, one of them would be that my daughter could have grown up in our innocent era where families were still close and kids had real holidays. I’m no good around those Toys R Us commercials either.

        But I miss New York in general from back then. Gimbels, Coney Island, Great Adventure in Jersey, ice skating and the decorations at Rockerfeller Plaza. L.A. sucks man.

      • Patti says:

        I used to ride my bike to tss levittown and go to the record store and spend my allowance there. That was in the 70s. Fun memories! !

  14. Cookie says:

    I am so happy to have found this site! I loved TSS and actually am familiar with the one in Oceanside and the one in Hempstead!! It was so convenient to go there. We would do a big food shopping on a Friday night, and then have pizza at the pizza place that was in TSS. Did all our Christmas shopping there. I might have loved it too much, because when my son Phil, who was 6 at the time, was told by his teacher to draw a picture of what he would be doing for winter recess, he drew a picture ( stick people) of all of us, a car behind us, and he titled it: My Winter Vacation. TSS HERE WE COME! He was serious! My husband and I laughed so hard, then took everyone out to a movie and ice cream! Does anyone remember the Hempstead TSS? I worked in the record department to make some Christmas money. Had all the 45s against the wall. OMG! How OLD am I???

    • 70sKid says:

      Great memories! Thanks for sharing!

      • Michelle Gandy says:

        I’m from Philly and most of my mother side of the family lives in Hempstead and I remember my cousin Trina would take me to TSS all the time and. White Castles, I used to tell my friends nack in Philly that I been knew about White Castles.

    • richard valleau says:

      every store was different yet unique. the store on metropolitan ave in middle village had rooftop parking with a panoramic view of new York city.met some really wonderfulpeople along the way.when the islanders won their first Stanley cup, I was working at Levittown. when they scored to win in ot a huge cheer erupted down in major appliances. I kicked over a stack of tires in disgust.

      • Bill Hansen says:

        Rich, I don’t know if you will remember me from Oceanside TSS. Was Asst Dept Mgr. of Auto with Betty Lynch. I’m Bill Hansen. My sister in Law worked in the office, Debbie Hansen. And who could forget Terry Zottoli, god rest her soul. Also worked in Hempstead and Middle Village as Merchandise manager of hardlines. That’s where the story ended and we were liquidated. Miss those days and TSS.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ask Jungle Bob about TSS

  16. Guy says:

    I remember my mom taking me to the TSS in Middle Island to get an autographed baseball from Rusty Staub! He was sitting outside the store signing autographs with another Met. I think maybe Ed Kranepool….. I was only 7 or 8 Years old at the time but I remember the thrill of meeting real “Big Leaguers” vividly.

  17. Larry says:

    I worked at the TSS Mall which opened in 1973. I worked at TSS for a short spell in late 1978 basically as Christmas help. It was within walking distance of my house. I hung out at the mall with friends from school and dated a few girls working there, burger king and CVS drug store.
    Someone wrote in the freight elevator “TSS = This Store Sucks!” As a customer, I loved the store and was devastated when it closed. The record dept was my 2nd address as a teenager. A lot of kids from my school worked there as well, so I would make “rounds” when I was there. Lots of Great Memories from that store.

  18. Chris P says:

    I remember the TSS in Levittown. My mom used to get my haircut downstairs and she banked at the dime savings bank inside by the grocery store. Now it’s an abandoned Kmart. What a shame.

    • 70's were the best says:

      I basically lived at the TSS in Oceanside as it was right outside our neighborhood. I must have had 3 bikes stolen from there. The thing I remember most was going there and hanging out at the phones booths on the side and calling party line. We thought we were “bad.” I also remember playing hide and seek in there with the other kids. Hey, does anyone remember Morsans, the camping store in the adjacent shopping center. That place was ” futuristic.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes. Isn’t that the store that had all those cool tents set up?

      • Debe says:

        Totally remember morsans, it was in the corner of the shopping center, Jens chinese, stuff n bagels, a bank, the stationary store was there. I went to boardman with garland jen , her parents owned the Chinese takeout. Whenever I think of a phone booth I think of the ones in the front lobby of tss. We lived behind tss, we used to walk there. Those were great days!

      • Roger Werner says:

        In winter 1972-73 the names of the toy department managers were Harvey and Clyde supported by the night managers Paul and Roger. Paul moved on to seasonal in Oceanside and I went to East Babylon. Paul and I dated a couple of cute girls who worked in the restaurant. We called the operations Manager Pineapple Jack because of his bright plaid suits. The marketing manager was a no nonsense guy named Bud. Had a good time working in Oceanside. Didn’t like West Babylon because the store was dead compared to Oceanside.

      • Robert says:

        Hello.Yes, I remember Morsan! My father bought his hunting and fishing gear there. Remember the ramp that went down to the outdoor tent displays? Loved that and TSS! I worked at the Foodtown that was connected to the TSS. Morsan later was a roller rink for a few years.

  19. Barbara Ftiedman says:

    My daughter worked in the garden shop of tss in 1981, run by Joe Abbolofia. Do you know the name of the shop?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Many memories of the TSS in Levittown. I remember my dad (RIP) getting his haircut there. I remember getting fish for my tank at the pet store, shopping in the record store and sporting goods in the basement level.

  21. Butch S says:

    Back in the 60s and part of the 70s everything in our house came from the TSS in Levittown . I can remember being 4 years old and my father and I getting hair cuts at the TSS barber shop .

  22. Rich says:

    We went to the Levittown one. It had a haircut place and maybe a couple of other side businesses in an un-suburban arcade leading into the store, and the electronics section has one of those tube testers. Way more fun than the Sears outlet across the street.

  23. claire says:

    anyone know what store was across the street from tss in Levittown years ago it is now the home of walmart supermarket it use to be a waldbaums but before that

  24. Kathy says:

    Grew up in the Levittown store. I used to walk to work (until I bought a Pinto from the manager in electronics) I started as Christmas help left 5 yrs later. Did everything, used Cash registers that didn’t tell you how much change to give, wrapped presents, even the voice of the operator. Fell in love, out of love. Then left to go to College and never looked back, until now. Wow lots of memories.

  25. Adam says:

    Worked in the Pet Dept in Oceanside from 1986 till that location closed, then went to levittown location till that one closed. Many good times had as an employee and customer. I remember being able to get anything you needed at TSS. Many of my friends worked there. Even one of the 86 staff was my good friend. Miss the atmosphere of the place

  26. wayne says:

    I use to go to the one in Elmont in Queens next to Belmont race track. Before it was TSS it was Great Eastern Mills.

  27. Laurel & Roy D'Urso says:

    When we lived in East New York (Brooklyn)
    The Linden Blvd store was close by our
    neighborhood. Nice store EXCEPT the Jewelry Dept. Major RIP-OFF. We needed a re-sizing to our engagement ring. That dept. was a square in the middle of the store with the shoppers on the outside of the square and the workers on the inside of the square. We were in our early 20’s in the early 60’s and foolishly trusting. They looked up in a book the price for this re-sizing. We left the ring with them and they kept on staling before we finally got it back months later. The diamond was swapped. It was an INSIDE JOB. We have the paper work to prove everything. Money is the route of all evil. Our youngest child when he saw TSS pronounced it as a TSS sound, funny…

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember that store, too, because my father occasionally shopped there, near his job. He stopped going there when two guys held a gun to his head in the parking lot and threatened to kill him because he only had change in his pocket, not real money–he spent his money in the store. They should have known to rob people on the way into the store.

  28. Brian Kennan says:

    What is happening with the TSS on Hempstead Tpke in Levittown? It has been vacant for many years.

    • Steve Haar says:

      Hi the story is that it’s owned by Home Depot either for a move into it from their location in East Meadow or to keep Lowes out. Pressure is being put on them from the village of Levittown to get rid of all the rats there and develop it or sell it.

  29. James M. says:

    I worked at the Middle Village store for a number of years in the mid-1980s while in high school and college. Seasonal, Lawn and Garden and then the Cash Office. Great memories!!

  30. Denise E. says:

    I worked at TSS in Babylon, Melville, Hempstead and Elmont as Giftware Department Manager

  31. Barbara E says:

    Anyone remember Bill Strickland from the Levittown TSS…late 1960’s?

  32. kathy says:

    I worked at the the TSS in Babylon in the mid sixties, at the little shoe booth between candy and jewelry. It was fun to watch the families come in on Friday nite. Some would buy their food and push a wagon around the store til closing. It was fun to work there.

  33. Barbara E says:

    Anyone remember Bill Strickland?

    He was a manager at the Levittown TSS in the late 60’s.

  34. Rebecca Hess says:

    I have fond memories of shopping with my family at the TSS store in Elmont, NY. I remember getting my first Cabbage Patch Kid there. Thank you for the sweet memory of this store.

  35. George says:

    I worked in the housewares department in the Hempstead store from 1970 to 1973. Got hired for Christmas and stayed for 2 and a half years while I was in college. You parked on the roof. We would go up there and hang out on breaks and lunch or dinner.

  36. Bob Maier says:

    I worked in TSS Oceanside when I was like 16, I sold outdoor patio furniture, lawnmowers, BBQ grills. It was located next to the bicycles, I remember a Chinese guy working selling them. I worked with a friend of mine by the name if Mike Fruchionne, he now has been working for American Airline baggage in JFK for 20 + years. I fondly remember the entire layout of that store. And the roller skating rink in the plaza, the pizza place.

  37. Steve Haar says:

    in the 1970’s and 80’s I designed and supplied store fixtures for every TSS except Peninsula Blvd. Worked mainly with Trent Melara and Tom Galvin. They were great challenges and lots of fun to do. I remember the annual dress up dinners at a NYC hotel meeting George and his ex-secretary wife, Barbara. They lived on Centre Island and I lived in Bayville. Every morning when I woke up I looked right across Oyster Bay and waved hello George, “thank you for helping me send my children to college. “

    • richard valleau says:

      don’t recall you but I do remember trent. and I was able to attend 2 march of dimes dinners in nyc, which was a great affair. and I even made a pilgrimage to centre island

  38. Janie Brown says:

    I remember the TSS in Hempstead. Miss that place… TD Bank stands where TSS store used to be. And before the bank, it was a video store called Hollywood Video.

  39. Theodore Wojciechowski says:

    Hi everyone and Happy New Year,
    I remember TSS very fondly, I bought my first Micronauts there and when I was older I bought my first RUSH album there as well. I went to the store that was closest to Sayville; I miss the store very much. Thank you for all the memories! Go Islanders!!!!

  40. CJM says:

    I worked at the TSS in Sayville on Sunrise Hwy. from August ,1985 to April, 1986 in the stationary dept. Anybody know or heard of Terri Tailor, Terry Nardo, Tori Ingram or Jeff Palermo?

    • Anonymous says:

      No but heard about dennis carol passing away nights who are you i worked there too nights in candy with kit lobasso

  41. mike m says:

    Tss sayville was a good source for star wars and gi joe action figures. Also had good soft pretzels at snack bar

  42. Anonymous says:

    W Babylon tss best store to shop best pizza miss those days so much

  43. Pam says:

    My dad was the Operations Manager for TSS, Jerry Johansen

  44. Bill says:

    I still have a 13″ Goldstar color TV I bought from TSS on Rt 110 in Melville. I bought it for my room when I lived with my parents. At the time I think my parents thought I was a little pretentious, buying a color TV for myself. It’s also the first TV I had with a remote. I also have a Nikon 35mm camera that I bought around the same time. I still have the receipts for both and both still work. This was in 1983.

    • Rather Not Say says:

      I worked in their corporate office located on Foster Avenue in Brooklyn, Does anyone keep in touch with Al Hondares?
      Does anyone know what happened to Billy Doremus?

  45. Dani says:

    I thought my brother and I were about the only ones who’d reminisce about our favorite store, TSS. For a long time I hated Home Depot because it replaced my store, the TSS in Elmont. I only had a few years to make any memories here as I was born in 1981 but even in that short time it left an impact that’s remembered to this day. I remember getting toys and candy especially the wax sodas and lips. It was just a happy feeling when we went there. I never realized there were so many of them. I’m glad so many people got to experience the greatness that was TSS and are nice enough to share their experiences. Thanks for this article.

  46. Ed S. says:

    Hi everyone!

    I worked at TSS in West Babylon in TV/Major Appliances from 1981-1986. They gave us an additional small commission for every item we sold in that department. Made a lot of friends, and have fond memories of the people I worked with. We started a softball team and joined a league. The company wouldn’t sponsor us, so our team name was different. Fun times back them. A 20 hr/week employee would get full medical benefits along with dental and optical, and only a few dollars per week would be deducted from our pay. The company would pay us cash (no check) in $10 increments in those little yellow envelopes, (hoping we’d buy something in the store). The people were nice and some of us still keep in touch.

  47. Roger Werner says:

    I remained with TSS as an assistant manager from September 1972 to March 1973. I earned $140/week. If the store earned a profit I’d get a bonus. Never saw a bonus. After six months it occurred to me that I was working six days a week a total of 67 hours. Sales clerks were making more than me. Once I figured I was merely an under paid clerk with some authority, I resigned and for a short will tried law enforcement. Within two years I was in California and a year later in graduate school. I gladly confess that whole Oceanside was lots of hard work, we had a blast. At night we would find goodies our friends left for us. We’d go over to the stereo section and bring a unit over to toys and pump up the sounds. We’d all sing at the top of our lungs. Dealing with customers sucked!

  48. Priscilla says:

    Was the present Orlin & Cohen building on Sunrise Hwy in Merrick NY a TSS?

  49. Greg says:

    Worked at TSS in late 70s great memories a lot of laughs worked at the Elmont store can still recall the layout of the store

  50. Wayne M. says:

    Very cool sharing the memories. I worked at the Sayville store in the mid seventies. First in the giftware dept. then transferred to automotive ( I was a motor head so that was a dream job for me). I remember Tom Grillea asst. man of auto dept. and John Schmidt who managed the marine dept. I drove a 57 Chevy wagon while working there and I used to race one of the shop mechanics in the parking lot at night ! Wish I could remember more names of the people I worked with. Maybe some will respond to this post.

  51. Robbie says:

    Anyone know what happened to Helen Sembroff who was the record dept manager in babylon and melville? Or Michael Brewer from the Melville record dept?

  52. Steve says:

    Wow!!! Great site. I worked in TSS Sayville store around 1980-84. Great memories. Great people worked there. Coffee shop in the front where everyone took there 15 min break. Pizza and pretzels on the other side. I use to walk to work till I bought a car Haven’t seen most of to people since I left there

  53. RD says:

    My friends and I used to call TSS the “Happy Store” because they always had what you needed PLUS other things you didn’t know you needed–all at a great price.

  54. Rich says:

    I use to go to the TSS in Oceanside
    It was a great store. It had everything from Lionel Trains tropical fish and my best friends first chiropractic office that was set up near the barber shop if I remember correctly. That was about 1976 or so
    Living in long beach at the time it was the closest dept store to my home.
    Which was a lot better driving to Roosevelt field
    Recently here in Florida I came across an old TSS Montauk fixing rod that” was made by fisherman for fisherman” which was their logo

    I will be refinishing it for my collectio

  55. Anonymous says:

    Someone just placed a game show with commercials included to YouTube days ago, and the very first commercial is a very brief TSS ad:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qaidylkfpg8

    Once I saw the boroughs mentioned it caught my attention! I’m so used to A&S, Woolworth, Odd Job, Job Lot, Mays, etc as a child…

  56. Lou says:

    I have great memories shopping with my family at the Sayville TSS. Mom would shop at Waldbaums and my three brothers and I would run through TSS for a couple of hours. Many firsts at TSS; first hockey stick, first record purchased (VH Fair Warning), first family photo,etc. OMG…great, great memories of TSS in Sayville. I vividly remember the sports section next to the record store. Ironically, two weeks ago, at a garage sale, I was looking through some records and there was a small bag between two lp’s, I pulled it out and it was a TSS Record World bag with receipt attached to the bag. It brought back a flood of great memories. Long Live TSS!

  57. Ron says:

    Made plenty of trips with my fam to the Oceanside location throughout the 70’s. Wasn’t it right across the street from a giant landfill??

    I believe I got my first bicycle there in 1972. Sparkly gold banana seat and all! I can still remember the smell of that lobby when you first walked in. Probably similar to what you smell when you walk into a Target store these days….lol.

    Speaking of that lobby, as a kid I looooved that wall of vending machines. Funny what you remember, but I was fascinated by the candy machine that had a “pot luck” selection. You took a chance of getting anything in the machine. lol

    • Dean says:

      Yeah. Wow! I remember the hot chocolate vending machine. I was always amazed how it would spit out the cup and fill it with just the right amount. Do I remember correctly? Was there a coffee shop/diner in that lobby? I was born in 72 so I was only 5 or 6 when we shopped there and my memory is kinda fuzzy.

  58. RD says:

    My friends and I used to call TSS in Hempstead “The Happy Store”. You could go in there for one thing and come out with great stuff you didn’t know you needed –all at a great price.

  59. Jim D....seaford says:

    Levittown tss has been torn down this week. No info on what is going there. More long island history lost ….jolly Rogers /tss/pergaments/bohacks/Johns bargain store/waldbaums/Copiague drive in/nunleys/etc etc etc….

  60. Christopher Davis says:

    Holy Mackerels, TSS! My grandfather used to take me to the location in Hempstead back in the late 70’s early 80’s. I would have been around 4-6 years old! Thank you for this 🙂

  61. andrew fernandez says:

    TSs Babylon is now kmart.

  62. andrew fernandez says:

    The grocery department used to sell krasdale if it waz leased by c town.

  63. GARY HUNTER says:

    WHEN I WAS STILL LIVING ON LONG ISLAND, THERE WAS A TSS ON HEMPSTEAD TURNPIKE IN LEVITTOWN.

  64. Sara says:

    Does anyone else remember there being a bakery there?

  65. Anonymous says:

    wow I worked for tss from my 17 birthday till 27 part time they appreciated me in my education for better things I respected what I was given 1.85 an hour min wage was a wow today but I worked with a lot of great people mom got me in 1978 wow in the Elmont store now home depo was great eastern George Genovese and a hot dude gay a flower my bosses Eileen I met her later in Caldors so hot she always loved my mom wonderful girl she looked at me at 38

  66. Dan D says:

    I was fortunate to work with TSS part time from 17 in high school till graduating from podiatry school. Over 10 years I was with TSS. I started in Elmont, Mom got me in was allowed then 1978, transferred to Sayville while in college , tried to come back to Elmont but nepotism did not allow me back so worked in Hempstead for a few years till finishing in Elmont, policies changed again. I worked in so many departments….Store Managers ,white flowers we called them such as George Genovese, Ilene Ruggerio, Victor Vondyke, sorry about the spellings but it is years. So many interesting people…..Still dream about this place mostly Elmont cause it was cool to have mom working somewhere in the same store and you could visit her…..Peace to all and good wishes

  67. Teddy Kapnick says:

    Remember TSS on Linden Blvd in Brooklyn where I got a great GI Joe Air Force doll!!! Walked there from Howard Beach on the Queens side.

  68. Darren Reinert says:

    I grew up in west Babylon and loved going to the TSS. I’d go with my dad and he was always good for a G.I. Joe or two on every trip. This store brings back great memories. On Saturdays, My friends and I would ride our bikes to TSS and the Caldor across the street to check out the Toys and Sports equipment. I still have a speed tracker baseball I got at Caldor.

  69. Former employee says:

    I worked with Al Hondares at the Foster Avenue location. Nice guy Billy Doremus (Seedman’s stepson) I believe passed away a couple of years ago. Also a very nice person.

    • richard valleau says:

      billy doremus passed away. oh wow thats too bad. I worked with him as well as dave Levine, simon eichel, nat brandoff, bill lentz, vinny bivona and so many others.

  70. Leeanne Holgan says:

    Aaww TSS! really fond memories for me! I’ll explain why. My dad, as a teen back in the 30’s, worked at TSS Seadmans (George Seedman was the founder), on Linden Blvd in Queens. My dad was a “porter” and they called him “the broom.” As a result of extremely poor working conditions and disrespect, after returning from WW11, he acquired a charter and organized and started local 169 retail clerks and was voted back in each year as president. He represented all the TSS employees in all 12 stores in N.Y, until he passed at the age of 50, in 1973. Of course I also worked there at age 16 (children’s clothing) and where I met my Tom

  71. Frank says:

    Once in the mid-70s my family was there and my younger brother Michael wandered away from us. Just as were noticing this, we heard an announcement over the PA system that there was a little lost boy named Michael in the jewelry department, would his parents please come by and pick him up. Simpler times.

  72. Jim P. says:

    Great read! Ah the memories of cutting school and hanging in my stomping grounds! As I recall, in my hazy memory, the TSS now appears to be a Big K-mart on Montauk Highway. A&S, right across the street, now appears to be National Wholesale Liquidators. The record store asked about here, I believe, was my favorite of all “Looney Tunes” on Brookvale…. but via 2015 maps it appears to be in the exact same place! Go Looney Tunes! The TD bank in the parking lot on the A&S side was a Jack In The Box, (vintage greasy tacos) and Payless to the right to be a Wendy’s, I remember when it opened, 1st Wendy’s in the area. “Hot and Juicy!” I left NY Dec of 81 to date this recall.

  73. Richard says:

    Of course I remember the TSS store in Hempstead (not Elmont – as some have mentioned). I even remember the Pathmark next to it.

    Fun time. I remember being mesmerized by video “Pong” at the store when the game debuted. There was a crowd around the television. Absolutely revolutionary.

    Anyone remember the greasy pizza by the slice in the “Food Court?”

  74. Lois says:

    We lived in bethpage and went to tss in levittown all the time,as well as mays and jans(icecream parlor. Remember the kitchen sink?). They used a sugar cube soaked in alcohol as a candle. What great places. Mays is now a unique thrift store, part of it,and u can still see the word mays on the floors. Before unique it was tri vounty flea market.

  75. Peggy says:

    I worked at the TSS Mall in Melville back in the 70’s for a few years and had a ball! Great employees, hard working and really dedicated. Loved it when they switched you around to work in different departments – housewares, lighting, auto. The best was working in the boutique or if you were really lucky you got to work at the candy counter where you got to actually roast these humongous cashews in a vat of oil. They were to die for and you could smell them as soon as you walked Into the store. One time there was a blizzard and I made it in (basically so I could hang out with my friends at work) and I covered the switchboard and made the PA announcements that day as they were short staffed. I remember getting paid in cash. Good times and great memories.

  76. Hal Chromie says:

    Crazy man, I found this site because I was looking for info on LI bands that I loved, one link leads to another, so many great memories!

    I remember going to TSS in Sayville all the time as a kids, they had everything. Sports ueqpmpent, music, even a pet shop.

    That is my first memory of the place, going to the pet shop with gramps and buing a chamelon. Damn thing up and died a few weeks later though.

    My last memory is going there after getting paid and buying the first Heartless Wager album, it was one of the only places you could get it.

    Remember the pretzels? Man – you can’t find that anymore.

  77. Gerald M. Anton says:

    I worked at TSS Levittown in 1962 when I was about 14 YRS OLD selling pretzels, popcorn and caramel corn outside in the vestibule. Also loaded groceries from the conveyor belt to the car for nickels, dimes and sometimes a quarter.

  78. andrew says:

    i heard k mart is closing the babylon store and the levitown is now home depot which moved from the old modells in east meadow.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Got my first pet (a gold fish) at the TSS store in Hempstead NY in 1986. There is a pep boys, staples, home goods, harbor freight and a TD bank there now.

  80. Ron Huther says:

    I remember TSS in Sayville. Great store. They took over the building from White’s. I think the were also called White-Modell. White’s opened when Sunrise Highway was a two lane road in Sayville. They basically knocked out Billy Blake’s. Back in those days Billy Blake’s was the only deprtment store nearby. This was before the Sun Vet Mall opened. I think all we had nearby was the WT Grant store in Oakdale.

  81. Christopher Santoro says:

    Before it was tss the dayville store was whites. Anyone remember whites.

  82. Andrew A. Fernandez Jr. says:

    tss and modells had problems with consessionares when they had lease problems.

  83. Pete Mendelsohn says:

    I worked at the Oceanside store as a giftware salesman in 1969. Mr. Sid was the boss over giftware and flowers. He used to drench his hands with Lysol. There was a young Greek woman in flowers who I enjoyed annoying. Robert Vaughan, from my favorite TV show (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) was stumping for a politician in front of the store one time. That was a thrill for me. Good times.

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