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 by a man named George Seedman. He 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. Sadly, the store filed for banruptcy in 1989, with the last location closing the following year.
Here’s both of the only existing commercials available online:
Admittedly, there isn’t much in this article but the bare facts. The data, images and commercials simply weren’t there. Today, all that’s left is our collective memory of the days when a local department store like TSS could not only survive, but thrive. But we can share what we remember in the meantime, and if more resources become available, we’ll be sure to update this article.
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, we’d love to hear your memories in our comments section below.