It’s hard to find a Long Islander from decades past who doesn’t remember shopping at Korvette’s. One of the first discount department stores to emerge from the 1950s, they are best remembered for their low prices and, perhaps surprisingly, their outstanding music departments. Once plentiful on the Island, they sadly never made it out of the 1970s.

E.J. Korvette department stores, commonly referred to as Korvette’s, were the brainchild of a WWII veteran named Eugene Ferkauf, who first entered the retail business back in 1948. At the time, due to various fair trade laws, department stores were required to offer goods at the manufactured suggested retail price.

Ferkauf decided to challenge these laws, and as a result, was able to sell products at a significant discount. Sales increased steadily into the 1950s, encouraging the company to open a flagship 90,000 square foot store on Long Island in 1954, in the town of Westbury, only a few miles from bustling Levittown.


The impressive department store carried everything from furniture, housewares and clothing, to sporting goods, electronics and one of the most extensive collections of discounted music available. You may also remember that every Korvette’s location had a pretzel stand out front, which were not only quite tasty, but also made a lot of money.

More locations followed, in places such as West Islip, Hempstead and Lake Grove, eager to lure cost-conscious shoppers from these blossoming suburban communities. The stores were clean and inviting, and soon became a favorite place to shop among middle and working class locals, thanks to prices that were consistently 10-20% lower than the major department stores.


Perhaps most notably, Korvette’s prided itself in offering an extensive collection of records and tapes that rivaled the selection of places like Sam Goody, but at a fraction of the cost. For many a Long Island 70s Kid, Korvette’s was the go-to place when you had a few bucks to spend on a new album or a couple of 45s.

But cracks were starting to show in the business model throughout the 70s. One of the biggest mistakes the company made was partnering with a small local supermarket chain called Hills. They were unprepared to handle the demand from the department stores and made very little profit from the joint venture.

Likewise, the furniture business, which was outsourced to a fledgling manufacturer turned into a major headache for Korvette’s when they were unable keep up with demand, leaving the retailer to clean up the mess.


Besides the record department, the only other area that Korvette’s did quite well in was consumer electronics, especially in regard to their own brand, called XAM, which offered stereo receivers, amplifiers, turntables, etc. Most of the equipment was made by a relatively unknown electronics company in Japan at the time called Roland.

Despite the fact that Korvette’s had over fifty locations in the 1970s, spread out as far as St. Louis and Chicago, and despite their efforts to market extensively on television throughout the decade, the company declared bankruptcy in 1980, closing every single location.

But while the days of discount shopping at Korvette’s came to a close, the memories are still strong among both the millions of former customers on Long Island, and the countless employees that worked there over the years, many of whom count Korvette’s as one of their fondest employers. The impact of Korvette’s on Long Island, and on the retail industry in general, will not soon be forgotten.

If you were a former Korvette’s shopper, perhaps spent countless hours browsing their record department, or a former employee, I hope you’ll take a few moments to share all of your recollections in our comments section below, as we pay tribute to an extinct store that once dotted the landscape across New York.

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81 Responses

  1. john darmiento says:

    I worked there stocking and selling Eve Nelson cosmetics It was a great place to meet girls and buy records

    • Gary says:

      I worked as a stock clerk at the korvettes in west islip from 1974 until about 1979, I was in the small appliance department, linens, ladies langerie and pharmaceutical dept, it was a great first job for a 16 year old.

  2. Dino says:

    I saw a guy run out of the Korvettes by the smithahven mall with a stack of records (even had the metal rack thing and sign attached), he was tackled in the pk lot by security lol, i guess they really needed the loss prevention considering their final outcome..

  3. Barry says:

    When I was a kid, I remember going to the Korvettes store in the Mid Island (Broadway) Mall. The store was originally Kleins, and changed to Korvettes sometime in the mid 70s. When the store closed in 1980, my family and I went to shop around for some close out items. My parents bought me a little orange b&w television set, the first ever in my room. It lasted about 5 or 10 years before the reception started to decline. It wasn’t until the 90s when I finally got a color tv in my room!

    The Korvettes store in the mall remained vacant for a number of decades until IKEA moved in, and it’s still there now. Every time I go to IKEA, all my Korvettes memories come back to me, and I remember my first ever b&w tv set!

    • Al says:

      I remember Kleins.

    • Dominick F. says:

      I remember going there as a kid as well in the late 70’s/early 80’s. There’s one instance that sticks out in my mind when I was there once……….I remember just about to use the elevator with my mother, and seeing on the top where it would show the floor number, there were wires sticking out of that spot, and there was no sign saying it was out of order. Needless to say, we didn’t use it.

  4. Eric says:

    I grew up in the Bronx. I shopped at the Pelham store and the Yonkers store often. My mother, uncle, cousin, and finally I worked for Korvettes over the years. I worked in the Pelham store until just before it went out of business. I have many fun memories both shopping there and working there.

  5. johnny says:

    I browsed, hung & shopped the Korvettes in Pelham Manor, it seemed like we went there for everything, including the Trammps Disco Inferno album, before Saturday Night Fever came out, an older friend of mine, his girlfriend lived behind the pancake house, and i would go browse while he was visiting her, then we used to go bowling at the loyal inn

  6. Ron keeler says:

    Yes, Carle Place was 90,000 square feet, but only 60,000 of it was selling.

  7. Linda says:

    My friend Roni & I saw John Travolta at Korvettes in Levittown NY in 1977..a MOB of screaming girls when he came out on the roof & broke into his famous BARBARINO dance from Welcome Back Kotter..so memorable..

    • Robert says:

      Korvettes never had a store in Levittown.

    • Mary says:

      I remember seeing john travolta on the roof of korvettes doing his barbarino dance. I think he was on the roof cause they didn’t expect so many screaming teens. The actually snuck him out dressed as a police officer and took him to the 2nd precinct in syosset. I saw him dressed and in the back of a police car as he drive down east drive in Woodbury to get to the precinct!!

      • Scott says:

        Someone on another site for the mall claims they waited for hours to see Travolta only to be turned away and the appearance semi-canceled (or totally) due to the massive crowds, or something. But it was definitely Mid Island Plaza, Hicksville.

    • Scott Briggs says:

      I think this was at the Hicksville Korvettes at Mid-Island Plaza Mall (now Broadway Mall), or so I read elsewhere a few years ago. My parents brought me a few years earlier to meet Leonard Nimoy at the same store, had to wait on a pretty long line inside the back of the store, a few thousand people there at least, to my memory, and Leonard Nimoy finally appeared and walked down the line and shook everybody’s hand, including my dad’s and mine. It was a total goof. Nimoy seemed genuinely happy to be there. I cannot recall what he was promoting, if anything, for the appearance. I recall hearing about the John Travolta appearance. I saw Saturday Night Fever in the theater with my mom and aunt in 77 or 78 but it was the lame, censored version. “There’s a bus leaving in ten minutes, Kotter…. be under it”

  8. Bob D. says:

    Remember when stores were actually closed on Sunday! We used to ride our minibikes and go carts in the EJ Corvettes parking lot in Douglaston Queens.

  9. TruthInSound says:

    Our ‘local’ Korvettes was in Port Chester, NY! We’re from southwestern CT. I’m pleading with anyone who has photographs of the Port Chester store – interior as well as exterior – to post them up, either here or on any site devoted to the great American discount department store. They are a dying bread, and Target and Kohls cannot compare to the likes of Caldor, Bradlees, and E.J. Korvettes.

    My folks’ bad habit – cigarettes – was what introduced this little ’70s boy to Korvettes forty years ago, and I still have vague memories of the visual style and layout of the inside of the store. Records and electronics were downstairs, as was the Christmas section in season. I miss it so much, as the quality of merchandise, from clothing to boom boxes to sporting goods and garden and lawn equipment, was better than the made-in-China stuff they sell today.

    After Korvettes, Portchester became home to a Caldor, and finally, Kohls. It’s just not the same now.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with this plea .

      I vividly remember the Christmas shoppe on the first level where Ulta now is. ( Cira 1976 ) this was prior to the Mens dept expanding into the vacant Pergament.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I worked in the pelham store also in the 7O’s boy did I have fun

  11. Mark B says:

    I remember shopping the Korvettes in Commack when I was a kid. It seemed nicer than Modells but not as upscale as the larger department stores. I think that location was a Kleins, then a Korvettes, then Gertz, then Sterns and finally Macy’s.

    • Brad says:

      The Commack store was our Korvette’s, and indeed, it had been a Klein’s before that. It certainly wasn’t the most sophisticated looking of places, but the unusual bargains one could find strewn about the shelves! My most vivid memory is from the mid-70’s, when I was nine or ten. One afternoon, a friend’s mom called my mother to say that we had to go with them to Korvette’s right away. My mom got off the phone puzzled, and told me the reason: “She said that Dr. Spock is there, and you’d want to meet him. Why would you want to see Dr. Spock?” That friend and I were avid Trekkies, and of course, it was not the famous pediatrician whom my friend’s mom meant, but rather Leonard Nimoy — as I explained. Indeed, we rushed on over there to get on the long line, and as we were standing there so far back that we couldn’t yet see him, a woman came around saying something like, “This is disappointing! He just looks like a normal guy! He doesn’t even have the ears on!”

      • Robert says:

        I was a newspaper photographer back then and I was there that day to cover Leonard Nimoy being there at the Hicksville store at Mid-Island Plaza.

    • Guy says:

      Thank you, I was wracking my brain out trying to remember where Korvette’s had been in Commack. I think I was confusing it with a store in the Mayfair Shopping Center, maybe a Gimbel’s Department Store?

  12. Rick Jack says:

    I loved the Carl Place store. It had the best toy and hobby department. I was always riding my bicycle there to buy models. Then I was buying my first set of golf clubs one at a time, bought a swimming pool, a Beagle mix puppy for $10 which was a wonderful dog. I remember buying sneakers for $1.99 before they became a fad and designer rip off.
    In the later years, there was a Hills supermarket connected to the western side of the store, it was kinda like a super Walmart is today.
    I have great memories from the days before texting and computers, it was sure fun to be alive back in those days. I miss all the old stores like Masters, TSS, Mays, A&S, Gimbles, and the 5&10’s. I grew up in GCP.

    • Robert says:

      The Hills/Korvettes Supermarket wasn’t connected to the Carle Place Korvettes store, but was about 200′ west of it. The Korvettes dept. store building is long gone, but the supermarket bldg. is still there, now occupied by the Ideal Restaurant Supply business, and flip-flopped where the entrance used to face Westbury Avenue now faces Voice Road.

      • Pattie Baker says:

        I loved this store. I rode my bike there, too. I used to get charms soldered onto my charm bracelet in the jewelry department. My friend and I use to sneak dips in the pools in the parking lot on hot summer days. I am about to travel 900 miles to ride my bike throughout Mineola (plus the Carle Place Korvettes location and Roosevelt Field) again for the epilogue to my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike (travelingatthespeedofbike.com). You may enjoy. The 1st chapter includes those 1970s bike riding memories, which may remind you of some more of yours.

  13. Steve says:

    I remember the Korvette store in Hempstead in the early 1950’s. It used to be a Grand Union supermarket that closed.

  14. JCJohnsong says:

    I was a child during the 1970s and remember going with my mom to both Korvette’s Dept Store and Hills Supermarkets … but oddly do not remember the two being combined.

    We lived in Valley Stream originally and moved to Seaford as I got a little older and mom would shop at a Hills near both homes. When we moved to Seaford there was a Hills in nearby Massapequa only blocks away. We even met a store owner who used to have a small variety and beauty store near the first Hills we lived near who had opened one in the shopping area near the second Hills we moved near.

    So it was almost like not moving when we went to the new Hills because the other small store owner was at the new location right next door and we could shop at both stores again (she chose the location because her small store always did well near the other Hills near Valley Stream).

    But Hills (and Korvettes were coming to an end I guess as the Hills closed near the end of the 70s) so her store ended up closing around when Hills closed. That Hills was never located near a Korvettes so it never had the combo Hills/Korvette sign outside. I did not shop at the Valley Stream area store after we moved as it was a 30 minute drive away. I do not recall where the Korvette was located that we shopped at … but I cannot remember a Hills attached to it. I still have a couple of small KORVETTE plastic shopping bags as my mom stored things in bags and they were never thrown out over the years. luckily they were not empty … dad was always throwing out empty bags my mom saved … he didn’t se them as sentimental … just garbage. Mom used to have an old Wetsons platic bag in her car (had moved it from glove compartment to glove compartment … but dad threw it out a few years ago. Ahhhhh … I could scream. If I had known he was going to do that I would have taken it out and saved it myself.

    Anyway back to Korvettes …
    It seems Korvettes came up with the idea of having a supermarket BEFORE they merged with Hills and the merger was an attempt to save them after running the supermarket themselves (and it was pulling them down). So Korvettes may have had more to do with killing Hills then Hills did with killing Korvettes. Whatever the case may be … Hills improved the situation but left soon after when Korvettes merged again.

    I miss BOTH stores. My mom died this summer and many memories died with her … I could always remember some little flash of a thing and I would mention it to her and she would add more information …. and then a FLOOD of memories would come to my mind. Without her … all I have are the tiny flashes … no more floods of memories. They are in my mind … but it she seems she always had the keys to open the past memory food gates (and those ‘keys’ died with her).

    Some info about Hills (who it appears was growing and expanding nicely and healthily before the merger) …

    The real downturn seems to come AFTER Hills owner Hilliard J. Coan leaves the company and Korvettes merges with (Charles Bassine and) Spartan Industries.

    Korvette founder Eugene Ferkauf’s decision to merge with Charles Bassine (ie Spartan Industries) when Hills founder Hilliard Coan left … appears to be what put the nail in the coffin for Korvettes … not the Hills merger …

  15. Angelo Cola says:

    My Mother worked for E,J, Korvette so did my sister and brorther but at different times we live in Carle Place the store just down the road I brought my girl a engagement ring back then and gave to her Christmas we got married 1975 we were married 39 years until she pass away in March of 2014 .

  16. Tony from Long Island says:

    I bought way more records there than at Sam Goody’s! Great deals on Tommy by The Who, The Beatles’ Hey Jude album, Alice Cooper –– it was a great time.

  17. tom kerwick says:

    i worked at Korvettes in Lake Grove…around 1969-1971…manager in Sports Dept was Pat Padalino….manager my dept was ronny…store assistant manager was Armand Tommasini..store manager was Mr. Kimmelman…great friends and employees were Dave Detlefson, Cliff in Records, Ronny, Dave in Hardware, Mike , Frank…Bernie in security, Joe in snack bar…great memories and great people….

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Tom,
      My name is Michelle and my mom worked for Korvettes in Lake Grove around that time.. not sure when she started working there. Her name was Lillian Bellavia. Maybe you remember her? Sadly she passed away in 2009. She loved working there. I remember going to work with her and walking across the road to the mall to pass time. She kept merchandise bags from the store and I still have them. Good memories..

      • Tina says:

        Hi Michelle, I certainly remember your mom Lillian, one of the nicest people working there. She was a very sweet lady. I worked at Korvettes in Lake Grove from September 1978 until they closed in October 1980 while attending SUNY Stony Brook. I started as a cashier and then was promoted to Night Office Manager. They still had a coffee shop and an optical store when I started. Good times and great memories from that place. We had a Christmas party at the Water Mill in Smithtown one year and then had a reunion party at the same place after they closed. I hope you are well. I enjoyed reading your post. Tina

  18. tom kerwick says:

    oh yeah…Bill in warehouse…Mike Derosa in Hardware

  19. tom kerwick says:

    and the famous Steve Cascione…i love him

  20. Bill says:

    I remember the Hills supermarket right near Korvettes. My brother and I helped people to their cars with their packages for tips while my mother shopped. We did pretty well. I don’t think kids would be able to do that today or would want to. We can also add Pathmark and Waldbaums to the list of failed supermarkets. who would have thought?

  21. Dan says:

    Bought my first LP in the West Islip store in 1963. Chad and Jeremy’s ” Yesterday’s Gone”! Second purchase “Meet the Beatles”

  22. Richard Mondello says:

    I joined EJ Korvette after high school, at the pilot store on
    44th st. In 1961 in NYC. after just one year I was
    promoted to the West Orange, New Jersey store. I spent
    7 years at Korvette. it was the foundation of my career.
    I later became self employed for 35 years. There will never
    Be another EJ Korvette.
    Mr.Ferkoff was quite a man.

  23. Richard Mondello says:

    Great company.
    Mr. Furkoff was a great man. Thank you, Mr. Fern .

  24. Richard Mondello says:

    The Fifth Ave. store was a milestone accomplishment.
    What a great company.
    At times I get tears in my eyes, thinking back.

  25. Jeannine Regis says:

    Jeannine said
    I brought Save the last dance for me L. P.
    from the Defranco family and I love Tony
    Defranco and the Defranco family and I
    love E J Korvettes because Save the
    last dance for me by the Defranco family
    was 4.99 at the store and I wish E J
    korvette come back to Staten Island
    to stay because I love the store

  26. Anonymous says:

    I remember shopping at the bayshore store on LI,NY. I loved the store and it was such a treat to go.

  27. eileen apple says:

    I remember the Bayshore store. I remember my mom taking me there as a kid. It was just full of stuff. I wish they would come back and come here to Florida.

  28. R C Goad says:

    My father worked for E.J. Korvette in West Orange, NJ during the early 60’s. He lost his job there when they wanted to hire a member of the family that either managed it, owned it – whatever – and replaced my father. He was rather devastated until he found other work and had a real dislike of the place after that.
    I know there’s 2 sides to every story but it taught me a very early lesson about how replaceable you can be at a job, no matter how hard a worker you are.

  29. Amy says:

    We went to the Korvettes right near us all the time in South Huntington in the same plaza as the big mall (and I remember when that was built!) between New York Avenue and Rt 110. I didn’t remember until you mentioned it, but now I can see the music department in my mind. I bought all my records there. They were so cheap! Now I understand why. I remember albums being $4-7 there. I can picture most of the store. I think we spent a lot of time there. I also remember Hills Supermarket I think, though we went a lot to King Kullen across the street. I don’t remember a pretzel stand there, though. Maybe our store didn’t have one.

    One memory I have is being a teenager and being about to pull into a spot out front when a little zippy sports car cut me off and pulled in my spot. The owner dashed out into the store without looking at me. I was so angry. I went in the store, did my shopping, and also bought some paper, tape, and a marker. I checked to make sure the jerk was still in the store. I wrote on the paper in large letters something like, “YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE.” I taped it across his windshield and quickly left. I wish I had a hidden camera to see his reaction!

  30. John L. says:

    Worked at the Douglaston store part time after school and as a second job for 6 years. Made a lot of friends there. One of my best friends was manager of the record department and this pretty girl comes in as Christmas help. He tells me “see that girl, I’m gonna marry her some day”. He did and they’re still married and put two girls through college.

    • Mike Schinasi says:

      I worked in the Douglaston store in the 70’s in the linen dept then on the loading dock. My mother was a cashier their as well

  31. Carl Cruz says:

    I at times worked in the Hills Supermarket where EJ Korvettes was above it on the upper level & lower level in Douglasten Queens NY. Korvettes also opened a store in Main St Flushing Queens NY. I bought alot of Abba albums in their record Dept and electronics. Miss those times. Hills shut down in the fall of 1978.

  32. Dan says:

    And then there’s the rumor – repeated frequently when I was a kid – that the chain got its name because it was founded by “Eight Jewish Korean Veterans.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Rumor yes but Not true. Wiki it. The Founders were Erving and Joe. EJ. The business was started in 1948. Before the Korean War.

  33. marianne b says:

    I remember shopping in Korvette’s in Huntington. It was my mother’s go to store for everything. I remember that the television department was right by the front entrance and it had big advertisements for Cinema 100 pay tv (cable) at one point. I know I got toys there and I believe my first pair of glasses.

  34. Michael says:

    Hi, any possibility someone remembers Elsa originally from Baldwin who worked at Westbury ( Old Country Rd. ) store for many years ( 20? ). Would love to find her, not a stalker or anything. Thanks, Michael.

  35. Michael says:

    Grew up in West Hempstead, and the Korvette’s on Hempstead Turnpike was in West Hempstead not Hempstead. And I do remember it being a S. Klein’s store before that. And Yes they did have a great Music (Record) Dept. I remember going throught all the albums ( wow remember those?) We also had a Hills store in West Hempstead that was on Woodfield Road ( Across from Dairy Barn). That store was there intil the early 70’s ( I believe) until it burnt down.

    • Lori Quaresimo says:

      I grew up in West Hempstead too but moved to Elmont when I was almost 11. I lived on Spruce Street off of Hempstead Ave. I also lived on Roy St. off of Nassau Blvd. I only remember Kleins in West Hempstead. I don’t remember Korvettes in West Hempstead. I don’t remember Hills either. I lived in West Hempstead from 1966 to 1973 so maybe that’s why.

  36. Bill says:

    Worked in the toy department in lake grove for a number of Christmas seasons. I remember my first experience with a “toy craze” over the batman alarm clock in 1974. They couldn’t keep them in the store and wrote hundreds of rain checks, once when a case of the elusive toys came in, it caused a near riot in the store.

  37. Lori Quaresimo says:

    I remember Korvettes. I only remember the one in Westbury. My grandmother lived down the road in Carle Place. My Uncle worked at Korvettes. My mother bought furniture from Korvettes and they delivered to our house. This was in 1967. My mother also did some Christmas shopping there. At that time we lived in West Hempstead and at that time Kleins was still there and within walking distance. The last time I visited Long Island I couldn’t believe how much West Hempstead had changed. No more Kleins, no more Wetsons, they put in 2 McDonald’s. What a change. Even the library moved. Hall’s pond was still there but it stank and there was a sign that said you aren’t allowed to feed the ducks anymore. I can remember going to Hall’s pond with a loaf of bread to feed the ducks. I saw Carvelle’s was still there across the street. A&S in Hempstead was being torn down and TSS was gone. So was the old Hempstead Bus Terminal. My sister used to be the supervisor at the Telephone Company in Hempstead. Oh the memories of a better time.

  38. laszlo Szak says:

    In 1969 at the Douglaston Queens store they had a wonderful large
    art gallery. I bought 2 Salvador Dali hand signed lithographs, I paid
    $30 each & I have everlasting gratitude to Korvettes.


  39. Chris Russell says:

    My father managed the electronics/camera dept in Hicksville, ran promtions & displays in Commack, and was promoted to personnel mgr in the main offices in the city (off 6th Ave, if I remember). He had advance notice of the bankruptcy, so he moved us off the Island in late ’79. I never wanted to leave (I was 11), and always loved my time hanging out in Korvettes. He gave me $5 once to go with him to Huntington and play the new Atari games to drum up sales!

  40. Tracey says:

    My sister worked at the Carle Place location when she was in high school. We lived in Mineola. I remember being enamored of the record department, which I would peruse when I came along for the ride when my parents drove over to pick her up. I distinctly remember Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” being all the rage and them having a big display with the album. I also vaguely recall in the same building, or close by, was BOCES, where high school kids went to learn trades (hairdressing, auto-repair, etc…).

    • Tom Wolf says:

      I also lived in Mineola and us young teens would ride our bikes there to buy the latest Beatles LPs , I think they cost $2 or $3. It seems they had everything you needed in the store. BOCES came quite a bit later in the same building i believe. Mom and Dad would shop at Hills to the west on Friday night for the weeks groceries.

  41. Andrew A. Fernandez Jr. says:

    the walmart of yesteryear.

  42. Andrew A. Fernandez Jr. says:

    same was tss,modells,whites,billy blake,great eastern,two guys,pergaments of bethpage and woolco.

  43. Ginny (Macias)Gobetz says:

    I worked at the Korvette’s Carle Place store from 1968 to 1977.I started out in the refund/credit/gift wrap department.Then the powers that were decided to move it up to the main office,when That occurred I was given the opportunity to learn how to do the store’s payroll.I was able to use this experience later on in new positions.Working there was like working with family and I loved it.I remember Tommy Watts in the men’s department.Irene in the perfume department Nora Murphy in linens and my “Boss Lady”Ann Ecklund my office manager,and so many,many others.I was young and had a great time there.

  44. Dennjs says:

    I worked at the Korvettes in the Massapequa Mall from 1974 to 1977 in the record department. Loved the job. The dept had a huge wall in alphabetical order of all the albums. The stock room organized albums by record label. So you needed to who recorded on what label. Ended up dating the cashier and now we are married 37years
    Dept had a great selection of music contemporary classic jazz etc…they were great years. And we would get Orange Julius during our breaks…..

    • Jill P says:

      Yippee! Someone remembers the one in the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa! It hadn’t been mentioned prior to your message. I remember buying a 45…my 1st 45 purchase (maybe you or your wife helped me). I road my bike home from the mall, it was real windy & the 45 cracked. Damned if I didn’t go home & play it anyhow. Scary thing…I may still have it.

    • Kevin Clark says:

      I worked in the Sunrise Mall store as well. I started in women’s lingerie. Boss was Mr. Vitale. Good times.

  45. Tim M. says:

    I went to the one in Commack. How could no one mention the GAME ROOM there . Every kid in the world was there playing pinball and. Video games . Didn’t they use to have a ticketron there too ?

  46. Al says:

    I remember going there with my mom, and dad back in the 60’s. It was in, or close to White Plains, NY. The first place I actually bought my mom a Christmas present with my own money. A cuckoo clock. It remained in her living room till the day she died in 2012. Good times!!

  47. Carle says:

    I used to buy all my ABBA albums and 45’s in the Douglasten Korvettes- the Hills Suiermarket was at the lower level of Korvettes & the lower parking lot level. My father at times worked on the Meat Dept of that Hills & I as a part time cashier. There were NO Scanners then- just old push button keyboard registers!!! I also bought my first stereo and record
    player in Korvettes. Good times- today’s stores don’t equate to it!!!

  48. Scott says:

    I spent many hours shopping in the Commack Korvettes with my family. Remember the records section fondly. My best memory was meeting Leonard Nimoy (Spock) there. I was so disappointed that he wasn’t really a Vulcan. But I flashed him the Vulcan greeting and he reciprocated with ” Live long and Prosper” RIP Leonard.

  49. Mark Riendeau says:

    My dad brought me almost every weekend to the Runnemede NJ store. This was in the late sixties and early seventies. Bought dozens of GI Joes, pants, shoes, my first motorcycle helmet, a funky five speed stingrayesque bike with ram’s horn bars, etc etc. Those were definitely the days. I miss Korvettes a lot.

  50. LP says:

    Friday evening (Dad’s pay day) meant our weekly trip out to Five Towns on Rockaway Turnpike to go food shopping at Hills with a stop at Korvette’s for whatever Mom or Dad needed or a toy or record for me. I specifically remember getting the Birthday House album (anybody remember THAT show!?). I loved the ride out, passing by JFK Airport on the way…as long as we were back in time for me to watch The Partridge Family…..

  51. Gabe says:

    My friends and I would walk to Korvettes in the Trumbull CT Mall back in the day best record department a great place to shop you could find almost anything you wanted many great memories

  52. Dan says:

    I worked at the Carle Place store from 1971-1973. My first job was as
    store announcer at 17 years old. We had a great bunch of coworkers at that store. It was a fun store to work at .

  53. Rich G. says:

    I worked in the Westbury store for a few years in the early 70’s. Started out in hardware part-time, then went to manager training and was promoted to smoke shop manager. Did that for a year or two, but retail wasn’t for me and found a job in graphic design. All my memories of working there are wonderful and will be with me the rest of my life.

  54. Mike says:

    I worked in the sporting goods department in the South Huntington Korvette’s in the summer of 1970, shortly after returning from Vietnam. They paid me a bit more because I was a veteran, which was nice. But I got canned for getting in a spat with my girlfriend, who worked the nearby customer service counter. Ah, well. The following summer I worked at TSS/Levittown, also in sporting goods. Fond memories of that era.

  55. I lived in Huntington/Halesite near kitty’s sand hill, I remember the Chicken Coup Resturant & I think it was called the big Apple grocery store, but what I miss the most is my 1st grade classmates in 1968 especially the twin sisters jean n Joan I believe are their names ? Would like very much to reconnect

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